Susan Okeeffe, Opinion /

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

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

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

Ireland 2040 process leaves an uneasy feeling

Ireland 2040 process leaves an uneasy feeling

The National Planning Framework has an urgency about it, but taking time to listen carefully to the people and the experts is more important

34 years after Kerry Babies, fight for equality goes on

34 years after Kerry Babies, fight for equality goes on

We know how little progress we have made – even after stories like Joanne Hayes's became public, writes Susan O'Keeffe

Beyond the clickbait: Stories to watch in 2018

Beyond the clickbait: Stories to watch in 2018

Long-term issues such as the National Planning Framework, new personal data rules and measures to improve the nation's health risk being sidelined in 2018 by the drama of Brexit and Trump

'Unions will want to chalk up a victory over Ryanair'

'Unions will want to chalk up a victory over Ryanair'

In his 30-odd years leading Ryanair, Michael O’Leary has no tradition of bending to the will of others. He will find it hard, as the shape of his company’s future is no longer quite as familiar to him