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.​​

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

The parallel universes of climate change protest

The parallel universes of climate change protest

The protest to ‘save the planet’ is far more challenging than earlier protests, because the protesters are also protesting against themselves, against themselves eating beef or using single-use plastic or flying to a wedding on the other side of the globe

Presidential Protocol

Presidential Protocol

International politics and its public enactment are predicated on protocol, on the scarcely visible lines that nations draw between each other to ensure a systematic polite public behaviour between leaders. The past week has shown us how little interest Trump has in obeying any of these unwritten rules.

Europe’s far-right parties galvanise across borders

Europe’s far-right parties galvanise across borders

The fragmentation of the traditional vote across Europe is not yet in the meltdown zone

Johnson, Sturgeon and the rise of political 'stunts'

Johnson, Sturgeon and the rise of political 'stunts'

We will all need to have our stunt antenna in good working order from now on. They’re not that easy to spot

Storm clouds gather as Theresa May calls it a day

Storm clouds gather as Theresa May calls it a day

The outgoing British PM inherited a country in shock, but as Farage and Johnson sharpen their knives, she will leave a nation in chaos

The next leader: Frontrunners and dark horses

The next leader: Frontrunners and dark horses

Given that many of the candidates are Brexiteers, the obvious danger for Ireland is that any new prime minister will need to be seen as someone who can take action and break the deadlock

An echo chamber that thinks it’s a party

An echo chamber that thinks it’s a party

The Brexit Party, which has supporters but no members, has harnessed the despair and bewilderment of Leave voters who have lost faith in Theresa May and the Tories

Choice of Juncker’s successor is critical for Ireland’s future in Europe

Choice of Juncker’s successor is critical for Ireland’s future in Europe

The harmony and strong relations built between Ireland and the EU in the past five years are abou...