Elaine Byrne

Elaine Byrne

Dr. Elaine Byrne is a barrister. She is a lecturer in law at the Institute of Technology, Carlow. Elaine has held academic appointments as a political scientist with Trinity College Dublin and the University of New South Wales. She has worked as a governance consultant for the European Commission, United Nations Anti-Corruption Unit and the World Bank. She is the author of the bestselling book, Political Corruption in Ireland 1922-2010: A Crooked Harp?

McGill is just Official Ireland talking to itself

McGill is just Official Ireland talking to itself

‘Official Ireland is predominantly male, over 50 and comprised of people who earn over €100,0...

The sad tale of Europe’s infatuation with a feckless single currency

The sad tale of Europe’s infatuation with a feckless single currency

Current Affairs Euro Tragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts By Ashoka Mody Oxford University Press, €27...

Will Pope Francis scold our complicity?

Will Pope Francis scold our complicity?

The socially-conscious Jesuit pope has been warning of the ‘ticking time bomb’ of derivatives and unbridled global capitalism

Elaine Byrne: Why the public has reacted tepidly to the explosive Drumm verdict

Elaine Byrne: Why the public has reacted tepidly to the explosive Drumm verdict

The former Anglo chief executive called the shots at a bank which cost the state many billions. So why do we seem so apathetic about this week’s guilty verdict?

Battles still being fought were won a long time ago

Battles still being fought were won a long time ago

Last week’s referendum result did not herald the advent of secularisation in Ireland. It had already quietly arrived in the hearts and minds of Irish people

Assembly was catalyst for changing hearts and minds

Assembly was catalyst for changing hearts and minds

Consensus-building in the Citizens’ Assembly enabled Irish people to embark on a journey of reflection that led to Friday’s vote

Accountability should be a basic function of high office

Accountability should be a basic function of high office

With Oireachtas committees, the political instinct veers towards scoring points rather than getting answers

Getting the democracy we deserve

Getting the democracy we deserve

Google’s referendum ad ban shows how outdated our election laws are – and it has filled the gap in deciding the rules on digital ads

Tribunals and inquiries no substitute for accountability

Tribunals and inquiries no substitute for accountability

It’s time to change the way we deal with scandals and start making individuals answerable for their behaviour – with real penalties

Elaine Byrne: Foster care abuses are not historic

Elaine Byrne: Foster care abuses are not historic

It is wilful blindness to pretend that contemptible failures in child care are historic

Official’s removal was in the national interest

Official’s removal was in the national interest

It may sound like a Bond fantasy, but key Irish infrastructure has already fallen foul of a Russian state-linked cyber attack, and it is vital that we take security threats seriously

Due process abandoned on the altar of social media

Due process abandoned on the altar of social media

The reaction online and in the streets to the Belfast rape trial verdict is understandable, but the presumption of innocence must remain the cornerstone of the criminal justice system

When political indiscipline becomes the new normal

When political indiscipline becomes the new normal

The attempts by parties to exert too much control over their TDs do not work in a modern democracy and, if anything, often backfire

Elaine Byrne: Why is it so easy to  harm a child in Ireland?

Elaine Byrne: Why is it so easy to harm a child in Ireland?

In the last eight months, two separate reports have been published which suggest that foot-dragging and lack of communication by state agencies are failing to protect children from sexual abuse

Welcome to the world of eunuch regulators

Welcome to the world of eunuch regulators

Scandal after scandal, regulator after regulator, brass plate after brass plate – and yet nothing seems to change