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.

McDonald pitches party as the real left alternative

McDonald pitches party as the real left alternative

Party leader says the buck stops with Taoiseach over housing crisis

Timmins won’t support any abortion legislation should he return to Dáil

Timmins won’t support any abortion legislation should he return to Dáil

Former Fine Gael TD Billy Timmins will not support any future abortion legislation as he seeks to...

Denis Naughten’s officials were warned over any involvement in INM deal

Denis Naughten’s officials were warned over any involvement in INM deal

New correspondence reveals that top civil servant wrote to Department of Communications over group’s bid for Celtic Media

PPS number will allow online voter registration for next local elections

PPS number will allow online voter registration for next local elections

The government is set to finalise plans in the coming weeks for a new online portal

Nervy times for FF as the post-Repeal dust settles

Nervy times for FF as the post-Repeal dust settles

The emphatic overturning of the Eighth Amendment has left many Fianna Fáilers feeling that their party is hugely out of step with the prevailing national mood

SF strikes conciliatory tone towards Varadkar in private correspondence

SF strikes conciliatory tone towards Varadkar in private correspondence

Newly-released emails reveal that despite criticising him in public, Sinn Féin representatives were more positive when corresponding privately with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Department of Taoiseach has no written records of meetings

Department of Taoiseach has no written records of meetings

The Department of the Taoiseach does not have any records of minutes, notes, memos or emails of t...

Hall says Donohoe failed to protect taxpayers on Anglo bill

Hall says Donohoe failed to protect taxpayers on Anglo bill

Campaigner says in High Court filing that state did not properly monitor liquidators’ fees

State communication unit got preview of newspaper advertorial, emails show

State communication unit got preview of newspaper advertorial, emails show

The government’s controversial communications unit was given an advance preview of how one of t...

Yes campaign outspent No by more than two to one

Yes campaign outspent No by more than two to one

Total amount spent by both sides in the campaign will be clear when electoral watchdog Sipo releases its report later this year

Varadkar told mandatory disclosure would be ‘counter-productive’

Varadkar told mandatory disclosure would be ‘counter-productive’

Patient safety unit advised the then Minister for Health that a legal duty to report errors would not foster a ‘culture of open disclosure’

A repealing vista

A repealing vista

The campaign was hard-fought and sometimes deeply rancorous. But in the end, the arguments for change - and the enduring memory of Savita Halappanavar’s tragic death - were more persuasive than the status quo

A one-man No show in Navan,  and a ‘very close’ call in Tipperary

A one-man No show in Navan, and a ‘very close’ call in Tipperary

In the run-up to this Friday’s referendum, we checked in with two TDs who are urging a No vote as they pounded the pavements

Kenny: FF tied in for third budget

Kenny: FF tied in for third budget

Former taoiseach calls for more reliable method of reporting issues to ministers; Comments at book launch were first since resignation

Six FG ministers silent on Eighth Amendment voting intention

Six FG ministers silent on Eighth Amendment voting intention

Cabinet minister Michael Ring and junior ministers Catherine Byrne, Damien English, David Stanton, Pat Breen and Paul Kehoe have not declared publicly whether they are advocating a Yes or No vote in the referendum.