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.​​

‘Brexit is choking us all, not just Ireland’

‘Brexit is choking us all, not just Ireland’

Europe’s trust in Britain is dying as it becomes apparent that its democracy is being smothered by an unholy alliance of vested interests, wealthy financiers and international investors inside the Palace of Westminster

Brexit crisis: More time gentleman, please

Brexit crisis: More time gentleman, please

Britain will be asking for an extension, and the speed at which Theresa May’s ‘We will leave the EU on March 29’ mantra was cast aside speaks volumes about the desperation and confusion at play even among diehard Brexiteers

Left holding Brexit baby with nowhere else to turn

Left holding Brexit baby with nowhere else to turn

An isolated Theresa May heads into a vital week of Brexit votes, surrounded by a small coterie of advisers and confidants who want her to put fear into her MPs to swing a deal on the exit from EU

'Tariff man' fails to cut ballooning US trade deficit

'Tariff man' fails to cut ballooning US trade deficit

Trump had made deficit reduction one of his central promises during his election campaign and he committed specifically and repeatedly to a deficit reduction plan

May’s three votes hold key to Brexit salvation

May’s three votes hold key to Brexit salvation

An obstacle course of three crucial votes next week could leave the Irish government broadly content with the outcome, but the path to a partial Brexit salvation looks fraught

Defamation ruling a victory for freedom of the press

Defamation ruling a victory for freedom of the press

Even when journalists are sure of their facts, they take a risk once they tangle with power, a risk worth taking because it’s important for journalism and democracy

No EU rush to follow British to the exits

No EU rush to follow British to the exits

A survey asked EU citizens if they, like the British, would like to leave the EU. The answer was a resounding no

May refuses to abandon the  sinking ship

May refuses to abandon the sinking ship

Despite the denials, extending Article 50 now represents the only viable lifeboat that can carry Theresa May to safety

Dressed-up Papal summit won't resolve child abuse scandal

Dressed-up Papal summit won't resolve child abuse scandal

Leopards do not change their spots, and the cultivation of centuries of secrecy will not be wiped out by a bit of chat in Rome

Europe needs to wake up to the rise of the right

Europe needs to wake up to the rise of the right

The success of the Brexit referendum campaign has created a growing sense that the European Parliament could be ‘completely overturned’ in the May elections, as populist groups take inspiration from London

Tóibín's Aontú faces a political Everest

Tóibín's Aontú faces a political Everest

Peadar Tóibín has tangible living proof of the trauma and the challenge involved in pulling a new party into existence

A border community living on a knife edge

A border community living on a knife edge

It’s the only road trip in Ireland that passes the Ballroom of Romance and the traffic line used by IRA snipers as a guide for targeting British soldiers. Susan O’Keeffe travels from Sligo to Enniskillen to find out what locals feel about the threat of a hard border

Trump not feeling the heat on climate change

Trump not feeling the heat on climate change

By the time he mounts his re-election campaign, Trump’s supporters will not have bothered to move their position on climate change. And neither will he

Dial B for Backstop

Dial B for Backstop

From ZOPA to ‘Max Fac’, Susan O’Keeffe flicks through an A to Z of Brexit terminology that negotiators will draw on in the coming weeks

Boris Johnson described the result last Tuesday evening as ‘a victory’. That’s the language of war, not reason

Boris Johnson described the result last Tuesday evening as ‘a victory’. That’s the language of war, not reason

Former journalist and first vice-president of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness switches off from the stress of Brexit on her family’s farm in Co Meath