Susan O'Keeffe

Susan O'Keeffe

Susan O'Keeffe is an investigative journalist. She is a former member of Seanad Eireann (2011-2016). She worked for many years with BBC Current Affairs as a producer/director in Manchester and London and with Granada TV's World in Action. Her programme Money for Nothing resulted in the Beef Tribunal and with her arrest and trial for not revealing her sources to that Tribunal. She also made the programme Sins of the Fathers, the first to reveal abuse of children by Catholic priests. Dublin born, she holds a BSc(Dairy&Food) from UCC and a diploma in marketing. She has written a book The Candidate, a contemporaneous account of her 2009 European election campaign.​​

New Democratic energy won't be enough for 2020

New Democratic energy won't be enough for 2020

Whichever Democrat gets their name on the ballot needs to understand that nothing achieved so far by their party comes close to being enough to fight the Trump factor and win

Trolley Watch: The quick and dirty health service indicator

Trolley Watch: The quick and dirty health service indicator

There may have been a task force and there may have been recommendations, but the HSE has still managed to drive up the number of patients on trolleys in emergency departments around the country

What's in May's '95 per cent' Brexit basket?

What's in May's '95 per cent' Brexit basket?

Telling us all that 95 per cent of the Brexit deal has been achieved is a blatant exaggeration of the current status of the most ragged and disorganised negotiations ever witnessed in the public domain

The 'exhausting and disappointing' presidential race

The 'exhausting and disappointing' presidential race

Much of what has passed for debate would be better off being physically shredded and piled on a bonfire or, preferably, sent to a very distant, dark cyber cloud for permanent and never-ending storage

Flash Gordon had 14 hours to save the earth. We have 12 years

Flash Gordon had 14 hours to save the earth. We have 12 years

This week the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made the most daring and most profound declaration in its history

From Dancing Queen to Dancing in the Dark?

From Dancing Queen to Dancing in the Dark?

How could Theresa May’s handlers believe that the person leading the most crucial negotiations for the future of the UK, who holds the future of the EU in her hands, could benefit from this piece of nonsense?

Áras race in social media age

Áras race in social media age

Many voters will never see TV or hear radio, preferring instead to catch up on campaign news via their smartphones

The 'Everest-style' challenge of implementing the policing report

The 'Everest-style' challenge of implementing the policing report

Now that new Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has seen the detail of the Commission’s effort, he will know that the magic centenary date of 2022 – the suggested date for implementation - is way too close for comfort

Tory king of pinstripes delivers lesson in spin

Tory king of pinstripes delivers lesson in spin

Jacob Rees-Mogg is hardly driven by a passion for Northern Ireland's welfare. His business is to position himself as the man with the answers, the man who has done the work, the man who will not sell out to the EU

May's last chance - or last dance?

May's last chance - or last dance?

The Novichok story will evaporate by the weekend and Theresa May will be back in the wretched Brexit trench

Post office closures are the last full stop on 20th century living

Post office closures are the last full stop on 20th century living

Let’s be practical: romantic Irish notions of cailíns at the crossroads, donkeys in every field and a post office in every village do not exist, because we no longer live our lives in this way

'Barnier has the bit between his teeth'

'Barnier has the bit between his teeth'

The EU's chief negotiator is sick and tired of the shambolic negotiations being advanced by the Brexit team and has put his foot down – even insisting on increased contact time between negotiators

The Catholic Church’s wall of silence

The Catholic Church’s wall of silence

As Ireland prepares for a visit from Pope Francis, Susan O'Keefe questions the priorities of the Catholic Church, whose leadership must be held to account for the lack of engagement with scandals both old and new.

Paisley petition 'is a waste of time'

Paisley petition 'is a waste of time'

If Ian Paisley Junior is rejected by Recall, there is nothing to stop him standing once again for his own ‘vacant seat’. Indeed, he has already said he will stand in such a by-election

Áras scramble could turn into three-month soap opera

Áras scramble could turn into three-month soap opera

Why is it that the highest office in the land can produce such an unseemly response, a kind of sensationalism that would barely be appropriate for a beauty contest, let alone Uachtarán na hÉireann?