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.

Martin hits out at ‘Brit bashing’ Varadkar

Martin hits out at ‘Brit bashing’ Varadkar

Fianna Fáil leader lambastes ‘prickly’ Coveney, saying he needs to ‘get a life’

Severe water shortages could see tanker deliveries in Dublin

Severe water shortages could see tanker deliveries in Dublin

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the government and Irish Water are now planning for the worst-case scenario, revealing this would involve a rolling water tanker programme in the capital

Government intervenes in controversy over Liam Miller tribute match

Government intervenes in controversy over Liam Miller tribute match

Minister for Sport Brendan Griffin has confirmed that he is 'actively engaged' with the GAA, after the organisation reiterated its decision to prevent the Liam Miller charity match being staged at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork following legal advice

Sharkey claims ‘open-door’ EU policy  on immigration will ‘overwhelm’ Ireland

Sharkey claims ‘open-door’ EU policy on immigration will ‘overwhelm’ Ireland

The Donegal native said he would use his presidential bid to highlight his concerns about immigration, and to campaign for the decriminalisation of drugs and prostitution

Prison officer whistleblower to tell committee he had his salary cut off

Prison officer whistleblower to tell committee he had his salary cut off

PAC chair Seán Fleming confirmed that the whistleblower will appear before the Public Accounts Committee in private session on October 11 next

Ross’s plan for ‘modular’ Garda station in Stepaside is news to OPW

Ross’s plan for ‘modular’ Garda station in Stepaside is news to OPW

Fresh doubts have emerged over Shane Ross’s pledge to reopen Stepaside Garda station as civil s...

‘I kick the teeth out of everything’

‘I kick the teeth out of everything’

At the end of a turbulent first year as Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy is bruised but unbowed. In this exclusive interview, he lays out his plan to fix the housing crisis and accuses Fianna Fáil of having laid the foundations for the current mess of a ‘broken system’

Health panel chair: Government ‘slowly strangling’ Sláintecare

Health panel chair: Government ‘slowly strangling’ Sláintecare

Independent Clare TD Dr Michael Harty, said that over 400 days after the publication of the Sláintecare report, the government had shown no desire to implement the radical blueprint

Siobhán Quinlan put €7.5 million into prime Ballsbridge site deal

Siobhán Quinlan put €7.5 million into prime Ballsbridge site deal

Siobhán Quinlan invested her equity in the site alongside developer Johnny Ronan, who put in the same amount

Whelan may still make run for Áras

Whelan may still make run for Áras

Whelan said that if the race ends up with Michael D Higgins facing a Sinn Féin candidate then 'that choice is too narrow' and he would reconsider seeking a nomination

The selling of the President, part II

The selling of the President, part II

Michael D Higgins announced last Tuesday that he hopes to secure a second term in office. Any election will be his to lose, but with others jockeying for position, there’s always the chance of an upset on the road back to the Áras

SF not ruling out backing Craughwell's Áras bid

SF not ruling out backing Craughwell's Áras bid

Craughwell and fellow independent senator Joan Freeman are both seeking meetings with Sinn Féin about the possibility of securing the party’s support in order to be a presidential candidate later this year

Ross’s push to reopen Stepaside Garda station could cost over €1m

Ross’s push to reopen Stepaside Garda station could cost over €1m

OPW emails reveal the building is in poor condition, has asbestos issues and would need major renovation and rewiring

Noone eyes Dáil tilt in north Dublin at next election

Noone eyes Dáil tilt in north Dublin at next election

Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone is seeking to run for the Dáil in north Dublin at the next gen...

Taoiseach bit off more than he could chew at New York lunch

Taoiseach bit off more than he could chew at New York lunch

It was supposed to be a private, informal and, most importantly, off the record lunch with Taoise...