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?

When the indefensible becomes the everyday

When the indefensible becomes the everyday

People like Harvey Weinstein are not exclusive to the US: our own culture of discrimination is baked into our attitudes and policy-making, to the point where we don’t even see it

Nóirín O’Sullivan is gone. Now what?

Nóirín O’Sullivan is gone. Now what?

There is a civil war within the Garda Siochána. A new commissioner will take over a force brimming with internal conflict

Is it time to plough a fresh furrow?

Is it time to plough a fresh furrow?

The realities of 2017 may force the IFA to rethink tillage farming

Staying ahead of the field

Staying ahead of the field

Biography: Queen of the Ploughing: By Anna May McHugh, Penguin Ireland, €23

High Noon For Hook: Byrne On Victim Blaming

High Noon For Hook: Byrne On Victim Blaming

There is a silence around how sections of Irish society engage in victim blaming, and not just about rape, writes Elaine Byrne

It’s wrong to blame all Garda ills on O’Sullivan

It’s wrong to blame all Garda ills on O’Sullivan

Nóirín O’Sullivan has stepped down, but successive government ministers also have to carry the can for the breath test scandal

An Orwellian hell is not on the cards

An Orwellian hell is not on the cards

Data protection and data privacy are important issues, but concerns about the public services card are overblown

How the Border Fox was caught

How the Border Fox was caught

For the first time, we print unpublished extracts of INLA gunman Dessie O’Hare’s testimony to the inquest into his companion Martin Bryan’s death

Timeline: how the Border Fox was finally run to ground

Timeline: how the Border Fox was finally run to ground

October 13, 1987: four armed men storm John O’Grady’s home in Cabinteely, south Co Dublin, at...

Border Fox: The dramatis personae

Border Fox: The dramatis personae

Martin Bryan The 29-year-old was a father of four children ranging in age from two to 11 years. H...

The problem with our ‘lovely girls’ contest

The problem with our ‘lovely girls’ contest

If the Rose of Tralee truly is a ‘celebration of Irish women’, then it should afford women a voice, not just a tiara

When a nice job in Europe is a problem solved

When a nice job in Europe is a problem solved

The Wild Geese ploy deals with politicians and others who become the focus of attention that may make the government unpopular

Michael D must stick to his word on presidency

Michael D must stick to his word on presidency

From the start of his presidential election campaign, Michael D Higgins vowed to stand for just one term of seven years

Jack Lynch’s legacy has lessons for Varadkar

Jack Lynch’s legacy has lessons for Varadkar

As the centenary of his birth takes place this month, it may be unpopular to say but Jack Lynch was weak on diplomacy – and particularly the North

Elaine Byrne: ‘Joe’ isn’t the only player in the claim game

Elaine Byrne: ‘Joe’ isn’t the only player in the claim game

The strategy by insurers not to contest claims – even if they believe they can win – is prompting more cases