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.

Daly and Wallace add more spice to European race

Daly and Wallace add more spice to European race

In an election where large constituencies make it difficult to cover all the ground, name recognition is key to winning votes and both Daly and Wallace have that in abundance

There are not enough people in the Dáíl speaking up for the private sector. The private sector is not some kind of nefarious activity

There are not enough people in the Dáíl speaking up for the private sector. The private sector is not some kind of nefarious activity

As he prepares for a new career as a banking insider, Brian Hayes looks back on half a life in politics – and regrets that he got into the game too early

IDA pays to change Wikipedia pages about agency

IDA pays to change Wikipedia pages about agency

IDA Ireland has paid for changes to Wikipedia pages about itself and its chief executive, amid gr...

Hayes calls for Varadkar and cabinet to get pay rises

Hayes calls for Varadkar and cabinet to get pay rises

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his ministers should get a pay increase every year because they are do...

Irish imam says Isis bride not welcome in Irish mosques

Irish imam says Isis bride not welcome in Irish mosques

A leading Muslim cleric believes that the so-called Isis bride Lisa Smith may be “a threat to s...

FG staff told to send in ‘tricky questions’ for Micheál Martin Newstalk interview

FG staff told to send in ‘tricky questions’ for Micheál Martin Newstalk interview

WhatsApp messages told party members to reword queries in order to hide identity

Politicians getting match tickets directly from FAI

Politicians getting match tickets directly from FAI

Responses to a survey of all 218 TDs and senators has revealed how politicians have requested tickets from the FAI and others have been offered match tickets on a complimentary basis in recent years

Parlour games in Strasbourg

Parlour games in Strasbourg

Britain is still in Brexit hell, irretrievably stuck and voting no to everything that moves, but life has moved on in Strasbourg, where a monthly all-Europe meet-up is quietly making plans for a post-Brexit EU

‘The euro has been a catastrophe for Ireland’

‘The euro has been a catastrophe for Ireland’

One of Brexit’s chief architects, Nigel Farage has been enjoying the salary and perks of an MEP for 20 years. He’s now the leader of the new Brexit Party of eight eurosceptic British MEPs

Labour’s EU election posters ‘resemble Russian flag’

Labour’s EU election posters ‘resemble Russian flag’

The party’s Cork East TD Sean Sherlock raised the matter at the parliamentary Labour party (PLP) meeting last week

State plan to provide free dental care for all children

State plan to provide free dental care for all children

Children under the age of six will be the first to benefit from the new plan from next year

Fine Gael lobbied European allies to drop tax and EU army plans

Fine Gael lobbied European allies to drop tax and EU army plans

Fine Gael had to lobby its European political allies to drop plans for EU tax harmonisation and a...

Casey wants a tilt at the Dáil ‘to give service in Ireland, in Donegal’

Casey wants a tilt at the Dáil ‘to give service in Ireland, in Donegal’

Former presidential candidate Peter Casey has said he would prefer to run for the Dáil than the ...

Varadkar: Britain and EU will do trade deal even with a hard Brexit

Varadkar: Britain and EU will do trade deal even with a hard Brexit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Britain and the EU will negotiate a free trade agreement even if ...

Varadkar and Fine Gael will need to make electoral history

Varadkar and Fine Gael will need to make electoral history

The Taoiseach’s Brexit bounce may have eclipsed the Children’s Hospital scandal. But the upcoming local and European elections will determine his political future