Susan Okeeffe, Opinion /

The 'Everest-style' challenge of implementing the policing report

The 'Everest-style' challenge of implementing the policing report

Now that new Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has seen the detail of the Commission’s effort, he will know that the magic centenary date of 2022 – the suggested date for implementation - is way too close for comfort

Tory king of pinstripes delivers lesson in spin

Tory king of pinstripes delivers lesson in spin

Jacob Rees-Mogg is hardly driven by a passion for Northern Ireland's welfare. His business is to position himself as the man with the answers, the man who has done the work, the man who will not sell out to the EU

May's last chance - or last dance?

May's last chance - or last dance?

The Novichok story will evaporate by the weekend and Theresa May will be back in the wretched Brexit trench

Post office closures are the last full stop on 20th century living

Post office closures are the last full stop on 20th century living

Let’s be practical: romantic Irish notions of cailíns at the crossroads, donkeys in every field and a post office in every village do not exist, because we no longer live our lives in this way

'Barnier has the bit between his teeth'

'Barnier has the bit between his teeth'

The EU's chief negotiator is sick and tired of the shambolic negotiations being advanced by the Brexit team and has put his foot down – even insisting on increased contact time between negotiators

The Catholic Church’s wall of silence

The Catholic Church’s wall of silence

As Ireland prepares for a visit from Pope Francis, Susan O'Keefe questions the priorities of the Catholic Church, whose leadership must be held to account for the lack of engagement with scandals both old and new.

Paisley petition 'is a waste of time'

Paisley petition 'is a waste of time'

If Ian Paisley Junior is rejected by Recall, there is nothing to stop him standing once again for his own ‘vacant seat’. Indeed, he has already said he will stand in such a by-election

Áras scramble could turn into three-month soap opera

Áras scramble could turn into three-month soap opera

Why is it that the highest office in the land can produce such an unseemly response, a kind of sensationalism that would barely be appropriate for a beauty contest, let alone Uachtarán na hÉireann?

Welfare of thousands at stake in health workers' pay row

Welfare of thousands at stake in health workers' pay row

The work of ‘section 39’ workers, who provide a vast array of services in the community and to people with disability, mental health challenges and patients in hospices, is often ignored or overlooked in the general conversation about the health service

Irish electoral watchdog's teeth must be sharp

Irish electoral watchdog's teeth must be sharp

Understanding what just happened in the last few days in Britain must mean that those who want to help create a meaningful Electoral Commission here are then able to build a tighter and more efficient rule book for Ireland’s version

May's Brexit sticking plaster will be pulled apart

May's Brexit sticking plaster will be pulled apart

Not only can Theresa May not morph into Gareth Southgate; she can’t even shelter under the glow of his World Cup trophy

There could be political blood on the Chequers carpets

There could be political blood on the Chequers carpets

Theresa May has backed herself into this corner by promising weeks ago that the weekend Brexit lock-in would be productive and useful

Governing and leadership have disappeared in Brexit fog

Governing and leadership have disappeared in Brexit fog

In the madness that is Brexit now, the idea of returning to the people to ask whether they still want to leave, given all the obstacles that have now emerged, has been ruled out as a sign of weakness and a failure of democracy

Long, rocky road ahead for Catholic Church

Long, rocky road ahead for Catholic Church

Priests and bishops know that many of those who regularly attend in their churches put an X by the word ‘Yes’, disregarding everything said at the many pulpits across the land during the campaign

Campaign's bitter tone will take time to disperse

Campaign's bitter tone will take time to disperse

There has been an outpouring of extraordinary stories from women who had sought terminations for crisis pregnancies where their mental health was at risk, writes Susan O'Keeffe