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.​​

Low transparency scores should jolt local authorities into action

Low transparency scores should jolt local authorities into action

A report by Transparency International Ireland shows that there is a lack of urgency among local authorities about systems to account for the spending of substantial sums of taxpayers’ money

8th ads ban owes more to PR than interest in transparency

8th ads ban owes more to PR than interest in transparency

The bigger question raised by Google and Facebook centres on the notion that we can run any referendum free of the influence of organisations or individuals outside the state

'Governance left the room a very long time ago'

'Governance left the room a very long time ago'

For the last seven days, the country has watched the unravelling of what appeared to be one of the good pieces of the Irish public health system

Brexit vision no clearer after Davis border viewing

Brexit vision no clearer after Davis border viewing

What was more interesting than the Brexit Secretary's speedy inspection of the border was the deliberate decision to ensure a complete media blackout for the trip

Zuckerberg's US appearances an exercise in futility

Zuckerberg's US appearances an exercise in futility

While the Facebook chief sat through hours of questioning over two days, the share price of his great invention was soaring, making investors happy and adding to his own personal net worth

Write like nobody’s watching

Write like nobody’s watching

It might have been easier to protect sources and other sensitive information in the pre-data age, but we have to keep journalism safe, regardless of technology - democracy depends on it

Non-farmers can't ignore fodder crisis

Non-farmers can't ignore fodder crisis

For some, the fodder crisis seems about as remote as being attacked by a Russian nerve agent, but Ireland remains an agrarian nation, with food production providing massive exports and creating jobs

Belfast trial must help to move us towards a tipping point

Belfast trial must help to move us towards a tipping point

The casual acceptance of men treating women badly must be challenged each and every time it happens

The real 'new politics'

The real 'new politics'

Despite the outrage and argument about what Cambridge Analytica said and what Facebook knew, the technological advances made will not be reversed and regulation will be a puny line of protection for voters

McAleese and Supreme Court remind us why Women's Day matters

McAleese and Supreme Court remind us why Women's Day matters

‘Empire of misogyny', former President Mary McAleese’s short summary of the Catholic Church’s attitude to women, is a powerful phrase which will become part of the story of the church in Ireland

Barnier signals that Brexit games are over

Barnier signals that Brexit games are over

May's solutions melting faster than the snow as the chaos from the EU draft document drowns out John Major's Brexit intervention

Northern talks: 'The rot is setting in'

Northern talks: 'The rot is setting in'

A week after the collapse of power-sharing talks, Northern Ireland risks drifting back to the familiarity of two-tone hate politics

Old heads and old habits hold sway in North

Old heads and old habits hold sway in North

Whatever chance there was to put all the pieces back together has passed. Too much has been said, publicly and certainly privately, for either side to gather itself to try to drive an agreement through

'Scary' Brexit documents can give May ammunition

'Scary' Brexit documents can give May ammunition

As the centenary of women's suffrage is marked, Theresa May faces a full-on political power battle with three 'unlikely lads' trying to find a way to heave her out of Number 10

Trump stays on the leash for the SOTU show

Trump stays on the leash for the SOTU show

Donald Trump treated the State of the Union address as another episode in the long-running soap of his own life