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.

The demise of a minister - and a broadband plan

The demise of a minister - and a broadband plan

What led to Denis Naughten’s shock resignation over broadband bidder contacts? And where does it leave the future of high-speed connectivity in rural Ireland?

Prudent Paschal knows this could be his last budget

Prudent Paschal knows this could be his last budget

In the weeks and months leading up to Budget 2019 Donohoe has preached prudence, warning that this government would not repeat the mistakes of the past

‘I won’t be wearing a Sinn Féin hat’

‘I won’t be wearing a Sinn Féin hat’

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada believes that, as president, she can be ‘a voice of those ordinary people’

McCourt paid for dinner at which NBP bid was discussed

McCourt paid for dinner at which NBP bid was discussed

Naughten has been criticised by opposition parties for attending the dinner with Granahan McCourt chairman David McCourt, who is heading Enet’s bid for the state-subsidised contract

OPW apologises to TD for refusing to give him data released to The Post

OPW apologises to TD for refusing to give him data released to The Post

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has apologised to a Fine Gael TD after details of how much it wo...

Casey embroiled in ‘anti-Semitic’ row after old interview resurfaces

Casey embroiled in ‘anti-Semitic’ row after old interview resurfaces

The Áras candidate also claims that Michael D Higgins once burned the Stars and Stripes, write Hugh O’Connell and Barry J Whyte

Seminar to make Fine Gael TDs and senators work ‘smarter and not harder’

Seminar to make Fine Gael TDs and senators work ‘smarter and not harder’

Fine Gael is organising a productivity and wellness seminar for its TDs and senators to help them...

Byrne’s U-turn over Murphy vote creates tensions in Fine Gael

Byrne’s U-turn over Murphy vote creates tensions in Fine Gael

Minister of State Catherine Byrne’s U-turn over a no-confidence motion in Minister for Housing ...

The Post Podcast: Meet the Áras candidates

The Post Podcast: Meet the Áras candidates

Political editor Michael Brennan and political correspondent Hugh O'Connell discuss the six choices available to the Irish people in the upcoming Presidential election

Paddy Cosgrave is right on housing - so why isn’t he doing something about it?

Paddy Cosgrave is right on housing - so why isn’t he doing something about it?

The Web Summit founder has access - and plenty of it - to senior government decision-makers up to and including the Taoiseach

State gave Facebook permission to vet FOI records release

State gave Facebook permission to vet FOI records release

New emails show that Facebook repeatedly asked the Department of the Taoiseach to give it copies of records being released under FOI law and eventually asked that they be shared in advance so that it could request redactions

Whistleblower makes new claims about RTÉ Tweetgate

Whistleblower makes new claims about RTÉ Tweetgate

A person claiming to be a senior and long-serving RTÉ employee has sent a 4,000-word statement outlining a series of issues with the broadcaster’s coverage of the 2011 presidential election to TDs and senators in recent weeks

Freeman campaign's focus on mental health

Freeman campaign's focus on mental health

Though she is a practising Catholic with family links to the anti-abortion movement, Joan Freeman is also a fervent believer in the separation of Church and state

‘It’s not about revenge. I want positivity’

‘It’s not about revenge. I want positivity’

Last time around, he almost became president, only to fall at the last. Entrepreneur Sean Gallagher has 'moved on' and is sure he can win this time.

McGrath skipped Dáil vote on Dublin Bus route revamp

McGrath skipped Dáil vote on Dublin Bus route revamp

Further blow for redesign of entire Dublin Bus network; doubts in government about whether plan is ‘dead’ or needs to be ‘tweaked’