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.

Gannon threatens to quit SocDems if Kisyombe is dropped as candidate

Gannon threatens to quit SocDems if Kisyombe is dropped as candidate

Controversy over local election candidate’s past has exposed major rifts in the party

Fianna Fáil’s supply of confidence running low

Fianna Fáil’s supply of confidence running low

Fianna Fáil’s backbenchers are losing patience with its deal with Fine Gael, and there was plenty of election talk at yesterday’s ard fheis

Martin: FF won’t force a general election this year

Martin: FF won’t force a general election this year

Martin was speaking at the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in Dublin’s Citywest, where there was growing unease over the confidence and supply deal among delegates

New state initiative to house elderly people

New state initiative to house elderly people

Junior housing minister Damien English and junior health minister Jim Daly will this week publish a wide-ranging policy document which sets out dozens of policy responses to the state’s rapidly rising population of over-65s

Harris to come through SF motion, but watch FF TDs

Harris to come through SF motion, but watch FF TDs

There are those in Fianna Fáil who may not be present to hit the abstention button, in what some could interpret as a further sign of growing disillusionment within the party over confidence and supply

Calling the PAC to account

Calling the PAC to account

Some politicians have been accused of using the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee as a springboard to making a name for themselves in the media, while those before it are being subjected to hard interrogation. Could it, and should it, be different?

Former FG spin doctor lobbies politicians for tobacco giant

Former FG spin doctor lobbies politicians for tobacco giant

Fine Gael’s former head of communications Vincent Gribbin has been lobbying the party’s TDs a...

Officials in Leinster House accused of trying to restrict role of the PAC

Officials in Leinster House accused of trying to restrict role of the PAC

Senior unelected officials in Leinster House have been accused of trying to restrict the Dáil’...

Crean attacks Labour’s Ó Ríordáin over opposition to Howth development plan

Crean attacks Labour’s Ó Ríordáin over opposition to Howth development plan

Property developer Pat Crean has accused Labour senator Aodhan Ó Ríordáin of engaging in a “...

‘Posh boys are on the way out,’ says Lenihan at Fianna Fáil’s private shindig

‘Posh boys are on the way out,’ says Lenihan at Fianna Fáil’s private shindig

Conor Lenihan and his two former ministerial colleagues, Mary Hanafin and Barry Andrews, are running alongside the LGBT campaigner Tiernan Brady for the nomination to be the Fianna Fáil candidate in Dublin for the forthcoming European elections

Why did Harris say nothing on hospital cost?

Why did Harris say nothing on hospital cost?

Simon Harris has been under increasing pressure over the children’s hospital since last August. Was he simply hoping that it would be his eventual successor’s problem?

Retailers brace for no-deal Brexit

Retailers brace for no-deal Brexit

Retail and food sector leaders say the bigger players will most likely sail through, while smaller businesses take the hit

SF defends Venezuela’s Maduro by comparing win with Higgins victory

SF defends Venezuela’s Maduro by comparing win with Higgins victory

The Irish government last week followed a number of other EU countries in recognising opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela

State auditor contradicts Varadkar over claim on Children’s Hospital costs

State auditor contradicts Varadkar over claim on Children’s Hospital costs

Chief procurement officer Paul Quinn under scrutiny in debacle over spiralling costs for National Children’s Hospital

Competition watchdog concluding probe into car insurance industry cartel claims

Competition watchdog concluding probe into car insurance industry cartel claims

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has been investigating claims of anti-competitive practice in the industry for over two years amid widespread concern about the rising cost of motor insurance premiums