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.

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Though the former Sinn Féin TD has started well, there is little evidence that there is a huge desire among voters for a new party, or that they have grown tired of the existing ones

Running to stand still

Running to stand still

The DUP is committed to preserving the status quo - except for Britain’s membership of the EU. It could shape the Brexit deal, but what happens then for the party that doesn’t like to look too far ahead, as Britain goes through some seismic changes?

DUP’s Wilson says Varadkar’s ‘no-deal deal’ comments mean no need for Brexit backstop

DUP’s Wilson says Varadkar’s ‘no-deal deal’ comments mean no need for Brexit backstop

The DUP’s Brexit spokesman seized on the recent remarks by Leo Varadkar where he said “if we did end up with a no-deal situation, we would find ourselves having to negotiate a ‘no-deal deal’ quite soon thereafter”.

Naughten: Taoiseach got it wrong, colleagues want me back at the cabinet table

Naughten: Taoiseach got it wrong, colleagues want me back at the cabinet table

Former communications minister comes out fighting

Flanagan in regular contact with Ross over Stepaside Garda station

Flanagan in regular contact with Ross over Stepaside Garda station

Independet Alliance minister Shane Ross has contacted senior Department of Justice officials to g...

Broadband bidder McCourt told Varadkar of ‘excellent’ relationship with Naughten

Broadband bidder McCourt told Varadkar of ‘excellent’ relationship with Naughten

FoI releases show Taoiseach knew of close relationship with former minister, as PAC prepares to examine national broadband tender process. Hugh O’Connell and Jack Horgan-Jones report

Cahill gets another apology, but no answers

Cahill gets another apology, but no answers

Máiría Cahill had pushed for last Tuesday’s meeting with Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, but left dissatisfied

Tóibín had secret deal with Adams on abortion issue

Tóibín had secret deal with Adams on abortion issue

Agreement allowed former Sinn Féin TD to engage with media as long as he gave party’s position before outlining his own

Report due on prison service handling of sexual harassment case

Report due on prison service handling of sexual harassment case

The findings of an investigation into how allegations of serious sexual harassment in the Irish P...

‘Junk the backstop’ urges Johnson at DUP conference

‘Junk the backstop’ urges Johnson at DUP conference

The calls came as EU leaders are expected to formally sign off on Britain’s withdrawal agreement today before a crucial vote in Westminster next month

Murphy pushes to transfer water staff despite union pressure

Murphy pushes to transfer water staff despite union pressure

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has ramped up plans to transfer thousands of local authority s...

Sinn Féin’s ‘average industrial wage’ claim goes by the board

Sinn Féin’s ‘average industrial wage’ claim goes by the board

After grandstanding on the issue for over a decade, the party has adjusted its position, saying that its ‘elected representatives manage their own wage’

Coveney: Second Brexit vote a realistic possibility

Coveney: Second Brexit vote a realistic possibility

Tánaiste says the idea Britain could easily leave Europe is a ‘fantasy’; more reassurance given to Brexiteers on EU-Britain future relationship

Varadkar vows to raise top tax band to €50,000

Varadkar vows to raise top tax band to €50,000

From January, workers will enter the 40 per cent rate of income tax when their salary hits €35,300. But Varadkar told delegates his party would go further in the coming years, if given the opportunity to do so

Sinn Féin members ‘did not cooperate with abuse probe’

Sinn Féin members ‘did not cooperate with abuse probe’

Findings revealed in Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland’s inquiry into how Máiría Cahill’s sexual abuse case was handled by the PSNI; Mary Lou McDonald rejected Cahill’s claim that party had not helped with police inquiries