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.

‘End the gossip’: McCafferty calls for body of Lovett baby to be exhumed

‘End the gossip’: McCafferty calls for body of Lovett baby to be exhumed

Ann Lovett died aged 15 on January 31, 1984, after giving birth to a stillborn baby boy at a church grotto in Granard, Co Longford

Repeal group's online tool tracking voter feedback

Repeal group's online tool tracking voter feedback

A spokeswoman for the Together For Yes campaign said that personal information like names and addresses was not being recorded and described what was being collected as 'a summary of voter sentiment'

Tech giants warn ‘anti-US’ tax reforms will hit online SMEs

Tech giants warn ‘anti-US’ tax reforms will hit online SMEs

The government has been lobbied extensively by US internet giants over EU Vat reforms

Minister pushing bid to ban smartphones for under 14s

Minister pushing bid to ban smartphones for under 14s

The Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, is understood to view such proposals as unworkable

FF TD proposes € 5,000 tax credit for  low-income families instead of welfare

FF TD proposes € 5,000 tax credit for low-income families instead of welfare

Marc MacSharry has produced a detailed policy paper which proposes a new tax credit system for families with children

Varadkar proposes party vote on next programme for government

Varadkar proposes party vote on next programme for government

The proposal was outlined to TDs and senators and debated at a private parliamentary-party meeting in Leinster House last Wednesday

‘Leo’s list’ document orders Fine Gael ministers to record Fianna Fáil spending promises

‘Leo’s list’ document orders Fine Gael ministers to record Fianna Fáil spending promises

FG ministers were told to begin compiling details of spending commitments being made by Fianna Fáil at their weekly pre-cabinet meeting last week

Liverpool, a city with great heart

Liverpool, a city with great heart

The attack on Irish man and Liverpool supporter Sean Cox last week was a horrific reminder of football’s bad old days, but it has brought out the best of this welcoming city

Profile Josepha Madigan: No ordinary Josepha

Profile Josepha Madigan: No ordinary Josepha

The culture minister is leading Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote in the abortion referendum following a meteoric rise in national politics

Post Podcast: Have independents had their day?

Post Podcast: Have independents had their day?

Hugh O'Connell is joined by Mary Regan to examine the performance of independents in Irish politics

Macron preaches European democracy as ‘our best chance’

Macron preaches European democracy as ‘our best chance’

An evangelist for a more integrated and reformed EU, French president Emmanuel Macronremains a polarising figure at home

Macron move on tech giants a threat to Irish tax strategy

Macron move on tech giants a threat to Irish tax strategy

Proposed 3 per cent levy on digital firms’ revenues would remove advantage of an Irish HQ

Unhappy Canney boxed into corner

Unhappy Canney boxed into corner

Alliance TDs last week backed Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran to retain the Office of Public Works post, which is responsible for flooding, for the remainder of the government’s term

‘Classic British pragmatism has evaporated in front of ideology’

‘Classic British pragmatism has evaporated in front of ideology’

Europe’s former top civil servant believes that the British prposals for the border are wishful thinking

Varadkar: Naughten did O’Brien no favours

Varadkar: Naughten did O’Brien no favours

Speaking in Dublin yesterday, Varadkar said that Naughten regretted taking the phone call from the lobbyist, because of the controversy that had arisen over it. But he insisted the minister had done nothing wrong