Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell is political correspondent with the Sunday Business Post. He is the former political editor of TheJournal.ie and has previously worked for BBC Radio 4, FIFA, and Newstalk. He holds a BA First Class Honours degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University. A regular contributor to television and radio, he also occasionally lectures in journalism.

Kelly won’t table no-confidence motion against Howlin as he backs off assault

Kelly won’t table no-confidence motion against Howlin as he backs off assault

Labour TDs and senators have rallied behind Howlin, who said this weekend there was 'no tolerance' for further discussion on his leadership of the party

Varadkar reveals he considered two-step vote on abortion

Varadkar reveals he considered two-step vote on abortion

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has revealed that he considered holding two votes on abortion - a referend...

The Post Podcast: Gallagher back for second tilt at the Aras

The Post Podcast: Gallagher back for second tilt at the Aras

Political correspondent Hugh O'Connell is joined by Political Editor Michael Brennan for the latest Post Podcast

‘The elites are frightened about the message I’m putting out’

‘The elites are frightened about the message I’m putting out’

Gemma O’Doherty made her name as an investigative reporter and campaigning journalist. Now she’s running for the presidency on an anti-corruption ticket. But questions about her views on vaccines, abortion and transgender children won’t go away

Hospital shareholders warn they could block abortion law

Hospital shareholders warn they could block abortion law

Shareholders in some of the state’s private hospitals want a legal provision in the new law that allows them to be bought out at market value if their hospital begins carrying out abortions under the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill

Mandarin warned FG aides on memo

Mandarin warned FG aides on memo

The Department of Employment Affairs’ head of communications Sarah O’Callaghan told Minister Regina Doherty’s two special advisers that it was not 'at all appropriate' to mention a political party in a press release being issued by the department

Electing Fine Gael

Electing Fine Gael

Leo Varadkar is riding a wave of personal popularity, but the party must take no chances when it comes to its wider election strategy

Gavin Duffy exclusive: Áras hopeful advised O’Brien on Moriarty fallout

Gavin Duffy exclusive: Áras hopeful advised O’Brien on Moriarty fallout

Former Dragons’ Den star prepped tycoon on day that tribunal report came out; Duffy says there was nothing he could do for Sean FitzPatrick

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Varadkar was speaking last week as Denmark became the latest European country to introduce a law against facial coverings

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Varadkar rules out burqa ban, calls for women in priesthood

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out the introduction of a burqa ban in Ireland, saying he believ...

‘The Taoiseach is obsessed with image and public relations’

‘The Taoiseach is obsessed with image and public relations’

With his party’s agreement with Fine Gael up for renewal later this year, Micheál Martin is growing tired of what he calls the Taoiseach’s ‘gamesmanship’, as well as the lack of progress on health and housing. But he insists the deal was the right thing to do in the interests of stability

Officials wanted CSO to tone down report on ESB data

Officials wanted CSO to tone down report on ESB data

The Department of Housing wanted to tone down a Central Statistics Office (CSO) analysis which sa...

Keegan broke rules to re-route Dublin bike path

Keegan broke rules to re-route Dublin bike path

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan broke with procedure by failing to report to two ...

Ethics watchdog seeks first ever prosecution

Ethics watchdog seeks first ever prosecution

Longford Chamber of Commerce before courts over failure to file returns on time, but LCC secretary insists it is ‘a very venial sin’

State blames labs as cancer screening scandal grows

State blames labs as cancer screening scandal grows

The government is blaming the laboratories at the centre of the CervicalCheck cancer screening sc...