Elaine Byrne: Government asleep at the wheel over threat of Russian interference in our elections

We should not take our electoral process for granted as the US warns Ireland that Putin may attempt to interfere in our forthcoming elections

US officials have warned countries, including Ireland, about Russian attempting to influence elections

Next year will witness an extraordinary period in Ireland’s democratic life. The local and European elections will take place in June 2024.

It is widely anticipated that the general election will take place shortly after following the autumn budget.

Two referendums to repeal the Constitutional provision on women in the home are also scheduled, as is a plebiscite on a Dublin mayor. The following year will see the first meaningfully contested presidential election in 14 ...