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.

Memo outlined risks of St James’s Children’s Hospital plan in 2012

Memo outlined risks of St James’s Children’s Hospital plan in 2012

A cabinet memorandum told ministers seven years ago that locating the new hospital at St James’s campus would be costlier and take longer

DUP caught between a deal and a hard place

DUP caught between a deal and a hard place

Its stand on Brexit is alienating much of the North’s business community, but the unionist party’s leaders must accommodate its own grassroots supporters too

Top civil servant’s two-year probe into cabinet memo leak

Top civil servant’s two-year probe into cabinet memo leak

The state’s most senior civil servant has spent nearly two years carrying out a secret investig...

European elections in a muddle as Brexit extension risk looms

European elections in a muddle as Brexit extension risk looms

The European Parliament elections take place across the continent between May 23 and 26 with Irel...

Dáil committee removed criticism of Nama after contact with agency’s chief

Dáil committee removed criticism of Nama after contact with agency’s chief

The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) removed criticisms of Nama’s level of housing del...

EU warns minister over dangers of judicial reform bill

EU warns minister over dangers of judicial reform bill

The EU has privately told the government that reforms to how judges are appointed fall short of i...

Data Protection Commissioner examining Aontú data breach complaint

Data Protection Commissioner examining Aontú data breach complaint

The complaint follows the distribution of the party’s mailing list to all of the email addresses on that mailing list at the end of January

One tester for every 369 people awaiting driving tests, say RSA figures

One tester for every 369 people awaiting driving tests, say RSA figures

There are no driving testers in Wicklow, where 1,115 people are waiting for their driving test; and there are no testers in Longford, where 457 people are waiting for their test

Row brews in Fianna Fáil over drinks bill in Dáil bar

Row brews in Fianna Fáil over drinks bill in Dáil bar

Two Fianna Fáil TDs are in dispute about who paid for a round of drinks in the Dáil bar for loc...

Durkan distances himself from FG policy as he gears up to represent party in EU elections

Durkan distances himself from FG policy as he gears up to represent party in EU elections

The former SDLP leader says that Fine Gael has not built nearly enough social houses

Kenny plays the quiet man in retirement

Kenny plays the quiet man in retirement

Enda Kenny made recent headlines over a Facebook claim that, as taoiseach, he agreed to lobby EU states over privacy laws. But mostly he’s keeping away from the issues of the day, meeting friends for a pint and playing golf

Daly rebuked after ‘solo run’ on details of housing policy for the elderly

Daly rebuked after ‘solo run’ on details of housing policy for the elderly

Minister of State called out after suggesting there might be financial incentives to downsize

FF TD criticised for bringing local council staff to Dáil bar

FF TD criticised for bringing local council staff to Dáil bar

A Fianna Fáil TD has been criticised after he brought local council staff into Leinster House an...

Convicted drink-drivers could be allowed drive to work

Convicted drink-drivers could be allowed drive to work

Junior transport minister Brendan Griffin has asked officials to study a system currently operating in New Zealand whereby a person banned from driving can apply for a limited licence that would them to drive for specific reasons at specific times

TDs fear Kerins case will restrict powers to question witnesses

TDs fear Kerins case will restrict powers to question witnesses

The Supreme Court verdict in the Angela Kerins case has raised concerns that Oireachtas officials...