Susan Okeeffe, Opinion /

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

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