Susan Okeeffe, Opinion /

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

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