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.​​

Johnson’s EU grand tour leads nowhere

Johnson’s EU grand tour leads nowhere

Despite the smiles and bonhomie on Boris Johnson’s trip to Europe last week, it was clear that the European leaders were not for turning

Macron has already thrown in the towel before G7 summit

Macron has already thrown in the towel before G7 summit

Without a final communiqué, it may prove very difficult to know what the point of this year’s G7 summit is – apart from providing British PM Boris Johnson with his first taste of the world stage

Chaos reigns as Johnson aims for the hara-kiri Brexit

Chaos reigns as Johnson aims for the hara-kiri Brexit

As Boris Johnson prepares to drive Britain straight off a no-deal cliff, all around him are in a state of outrage and confusion - just the way he  likes it

Irish agriculture at a crossroads as beef row drags on

Irish agriculture at a crossroads as beef row drags on

The only outcome of allowing Irish farming to collapse inwards is the emergence of a form of corporate, factory farming which will change the style and quality of Irish produce

Brexit’s mastermind: Profile of Dominic Cummings

Brexit’s mastermind: Profile of Dominic Cummings

His public utterances suggest an unexpected contempt for politicians. He appears to tolerate them only to reach the levers of power with which he is obsessed, and where he believes that he can effect much-needed change

Johnson Rolls The Dice

Johnson Rolls The Dice

For his opening gambit, the new British prime minister has stuffed his cabinet with fellow hardline Brexiteers, which leaves Leo Varadkar and the EU with much to ponder

‘There is a dark agenda’: Fighting the Brexiteers

‘There is a dark agenda’: Fighting the Brexiteers

Two years ago, Gina Miller took a court case which ensured that British MPs and peers were allowed to vote on the triggering of Article 50 to initiate Brexit. Now she is fighting again, this time against the wishes of Brexiteers to force through a No Deal exit

Prime position: Johnson v Hunt

Prime position: Johnson v Hunt

Some Brexiteers will do virtually anything to ensure Britain leaves the EU, and that includes backing Boris Johnson in his bid to be prime minister

HSE will watch NHS's Amazon partnership with care

HSE will watch NHS's Amazon partnership with care

The teaming together of two such unlikely partners is a world first in the use of the now rapidly expanding voice-assisted technology

The farmers' leader in the eye of the Mercosur storm

The farmers' leader in the eye of the Mercosur storm

IFA president Joe Healy is still lobbying hard to limit the damage of the Mercosur deal, but he is adamant that Irish farmers are better off in the European Union than out of it. He’s also weighing up a move into party politics

Bringing it all back home: The new US ambassador to Ireland

Bringing it all back home: The new US ambassador to Ireland

Edward Crawford is known for his philanthropy, but he nailed his political colours to the Republican Party mast long ago and has been a donor to various candidates throughout his life

Democratic Party looks all at sea in a Trumpian world

Democratic Party looks all at sea in a Trumpian world

Its jostling crowd of 20 players may be a mark of equal opportunity within the Democratic Party, but it also speaks to uncertainty and a lack of direction for the real battle against the incumbent

Enough already: Just pick a leader and move on

Enough already: Just pick a leader and move on

As Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt take to their helicopters and buses to implore the estimated 160,000 members of the Conservative Party for their votes, the Irish and many others will be regarding any further Tory antics with a jaundiced eye

Is Pope's Amazon priests plan just tinkering at the edges?

Is Pope's Amazon priests plan just tinkering at the edges?

Traditionalists are not fooled by Pope Francis’s suggestion that ordaining some married men is a solution solely for the Amazon region

Top prize is Johnson’s to lose

Top prize is Johnson’s to lose

Unless he slips on a major banana skin in his campaign, the former mayor of London is set to be the next British prime minister. This is not good news for the North