Susan Okeeffe, Opinion /

'Tariff man' fails to cut ballooning US trade deficit

'Tariff man' fails to cut ballooning US trade deficit

Trump had made deficit reduction one of his central promises during his election campaign and he committed specifically and repeatedly to a deficit reduction plan

No EU rush to follow British to the exits

No EU rush to follow British to the exits

A survey asked EU citizens if they, like the British, would like to leave the EU. The answer was a resounding no

Dressed-up Papal summit won't resolve child abuse scandal

Dressed-up Papal summit won't resolve child abuse scandal

Leopards do not change their spots, and the cultivation of centuries of secrecy will not be wiped out by a bit of chat in Rome

Tóibín's Aontú faces a political Everest

Tóibín's Aontú faces a political Everest

Peadar Tóibín has tangible living proof of the trauma and the challenge involved in pulling a new party into existence

Trump not feeling the heat on climate change

Trump not feeling the heat on climate change

By the time he mounts his re-election campaign, Trump’s supporters will not have bothered to move their position on climate change. And neither will he

Corbyn's tea with May could be a turning point

Corbyn's tea with May could be a turning point

Theresa May still has the wriggle room of a gnat to try to upend the backstop in the face of cohesive opposition from the EU – but she may be heading for a softer family-type Brexit deal, with a Corbynista touch

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

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

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