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.

Growing number of journalists jump ship to take FG adviser jobs

Growing number of journalists jump ship to take FG adviser jobs

Exodus of journalists to political roles raises concerns of brain drain from media industry

Labour accused of running ‘Zimbabwe-style election’ after ballot count fiasco

Labour accused of running ‘Zimbabwe-style election’ after ballot count fiasco

Labour has been criticised for running a ‘Zimbabwe-style election’ after the mysterious disap...

Ross tells constituents Stepaside Garda station will reopen in time for summer

Ross tells constituents Stepaside Garda station will reopen in time for summer

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has claimed that Stepaside Garda station is on track to reopen ...

Deal giving legal certainty to Irish in Britain signed

Deal giving legal certainty to Irish in Britain signed

Irish citizens living in Britain will be able to access state pensions and other benefits even in...

Brady ‘running against the establishment’ in Fianna Fáil European Parliament race

Brady ‘running against the establishment’ in Fianna Fáil European Parliament race

In contrast to his rival Conor Lenihan, Tiernan Brady says we should be ‘very wary’ of Russia

Halligan and McGrath fear a  US-backed coup in Venezuela

Halligan and McGrath fear a US-backed coup in Venezuela

Independence Alliance duo concerned about Trump interference in Latin American country

SDLP: Hello FF and goodbye Labour

SDLP: Hello FF and goodbye Labour

The SDLP must ratify its alliance with Fianna Fáil at a conference on February 9

Sinn Féin wants border poll this year in event of no-deal Brexit

Sinn Féin wants border poll this year in event of no-deal Brexit

Party believes only way to avoid hard border in the event of no-deal is through a border poll

Attorney general: Impossible to prosecute for importing goods from West Bank lands

Attorney general: Impossible to prosecute for importing goods from West Bank lands

The Occupied Territories Bill passed the Dáil with cross-party support last week despite opposition from the government

Former health minister Reilly eyes a tilt at the European Parliament

Former health minister Reilly eyes a tilt at the European Parliament

The senator told The Sunday Business Post he had spoken to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about the possibility of running, and planned to explore the matter further in the coming days

Irish Prison Service rehires ex-governors as consultants

Irish Prison Service rehires ex-governors as consultants

The IPS is refusing to name the two former governors, who are earning consultancy salaries of €30,000 and €40,000 per year on top of their pensions

Fine Gael’s political director Alan Holmes stepping down

Fine Gael’s political director Alan Holmes stepping down

Holmes’s surprise departure comes just four months before the local and European elections

Knocked down, but he’ll get up again

Knocked down, but he’ll get up again

Gavin Duffy spent €5 on each of the 32,198 votes he received in the presidential election. But he says he has no regrets

Sinn Féin TD escapes reprimand for abusive behaviour to gardaí

Sinn Féin TD escapes reprimand for abusive behaviour to gardaí

Last year, Cork East TD Pat Buckley pleaded guilty to threatening and abusing gardaí who called to his home on foot of a noise complaint in August 2017.

Coveney slams calls for border poll as ‘hugely unhelpful’

Coveney slams calls for border poll as ‘hugely unhelpful’

The minister, who has previously said he would like to see a united Ireland in his political lifetime, now believes that calls for reunification in the context of Brexit are not helpful