Susan Okeeffe, Opinion /

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

The phoney war is over

The phoney war is over

The Christmas break will allow all sides to draw breath and draw up their plans for the ‘mother of all battles’ over the eighth amendment

David Davis exposes vacuum at heart of Brexit talks

David Davis exposes vacuum at heart of Brexit talks

Brexit Secretary's performance pulled the plug on any residual confidence there might have been in the British approach and strategy for the future

Brexiteers' vitriol on Ireland a sign of despair and confusion

Brexiteers' vitriol on Ireland a sign of despair and confusion

The anger and criticism directed at Ireland is indicative of the complete lack of reassurance or solidity surrounding the British establishment as 'Border Monday' looms

'Shameful' block on asylum seekers working set to end

'Shameful' block on asylum seekers working set to end

The road to this result has been too slow; let’s hope that the necessary parliamentary support for Charlie Flanagan's proposed change is not further delayed by the ever present queue of legislation

Climate change report punches a hole in Irish image

Climate change report punches a hole in Irish image

The very heart of who we are has never been tapped and called upon in this climate debate, so that we could stand up together and protect what we have left

Susan O'Keeffe: Obesity is an epidemic

Susan O'Keeffe: Obesity is an epidemic

We can't be surprised by the latest shocking figures from the Department of Health

North's traditional tribes mirror Europe's nationalist politics

North's traditional tribes mirror Europe's nationalist politics

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire faces long days and nights ahead of November 6 deadline

Budget rigmarole swallows up sugar tax questions

Budget rigmarole swallows up sugar tax questions

The Government has made no suggestion that the money raised by the new tax will be ring-fenced for children’s health or education