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.​​

MPs turn the tables on Theresa May

MPs turn the tables on Theresa May

Everyone, including the prime minister, knows that she cannot bring a viable alternative to the House of Commons in three days. That, of course, is not the real point of this amendment

Robinson wasn’t on a fool’s errand to Dubai

Robinson wasn’t on a fool’s errand to Dubai

In the dying days of 2018, former president Mary Robinson put herself in the middle of a complex story involving the ruling royal family of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Space lessons for 2019's earth-bound challenges

Space lessons for 2019's earth-bound challenges

A smart politician knows when to stand back and trust in expertise and experience. This requires confidence and leadership - qualities that will be needed in abundance in 2019

Brexit no-deal plans only adding fuel to the chaos

Brexit no-deal plans only adding fuel to the chaos

The British government’s mismanagement of its own choice to leave has infected the EU and Ireland too, with contingency plans less than adequate and far from complete

Brexit bedlam in a bleak house

Brexit bedlam in a bleak house

Chaos reigned in Westminster last week as Theresa May pulled a pivotal vote at the last minute, then managed to survive a motion of no confidence from her own MPs. So what’s the next plot twist in the box set that is Brexit?

Ireland the target as Brexiteers feel the fear

Ireland the target as Brexiteers feel the fear

The MPs who have made Ireland the butt of their blame revealed their anger too – anger at their own powerlessness

Brexit chaos buries news of 'transformative' UK science success

Brexit chaos buries news of 'transformative' UK science success

This week, the five-year old UK 100,000 Genome Project finally reached its massive target of mapping 100,000 genomes. And, remarkably, the project is on time and on budget

Britain's very modern civil war

Britain's very modern civil war

After two years of Brexit debate, the only outcome is a savage destruction of a modern country by its own citizens and rulers

Why were Scouting Ireland files locked away for so long?

Why were Scouting Ireland files locked away for so long?

This organisation came into being 14 years ago. Being generous, the two groups combining to work together would have needed time to sort themselves into a new body. But 14 years seems excessive

A government and a country falling apart

A government and a country falling apart

Replacing May won’t solve the Brexit challenge. A general election would delay the outcome, while candidates once again would demean politics by making outrageous claims and promises about Brexit that they will never be able to keep

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