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?

The Garda watchdog is being kept in chains

The Garda watchdog is being kept in chains

If the government wants Gsoc to do its job, it should give it the resources it needs and untether it from the Department of Justice

Middle ground to trump hectoring and lecturing

Middle ground to trump hectoring and lecturing

Referendums are won not by politicians nor even media figures, but those occupying the humble centre ground

Leo Varadkar’s vision is not that of Declan Costello’s Just Society

Leo Varadkar’s vision is not that of Declan Costello’s Just Society

In the Taoiseach’s Republic of Opportunity, owning a home would seem to be the preserve of the middle class

Facebook’s volte-face

Facebook’s volte-face

Denial of responsibility for content will no longer work for the US social media giant. It has power. It must deal with the consequences of that power

The sun is setting on  low-tech farming

The sun is setting on low-tech farming

Irish farming will need to embrace modern technology, and other big changes, if it is going to survive

The hard borders  drawn in our hearts

The hard borders drawn in our hearts

The threat of Brexit has given us a renewed sense of anti-partitionism. We should start by reaching out to our unionist neighbours

A novel way to husband the land

A novel way to husband the land

The legalising of same-sex marriage has provided fertile ground for single farmers wanting to avoid family inheritance rules - and what of it?

Democratic process cannot be bought

Democratic process cannot be bought

Amnesty has to hand back the €137,000 it got from billionaire George Soros’s foundation. Foreign donations have no place in the abortion referendum campaign

Unholy blunder in the Holy City

Unholy blunder in the Holy City

Though widely condemned, Trump’s controversial move on Jerusalem might just lift up the gates on a peace process

How Justice became the Bermuda Triangle

How Justice became the Bermuda Triangle

Disappearing documents, secretaries general abandoning ship, and nobody who wants to take the tiller. How did it come to this?

The trouble with a head on a plate is that it solves nothing

The trouble with a head on a plate is that it solves nothing

The politicos, baying for blood, want nothing less than the resignation of the Tánaiste. But Frances Fitzgerald’s going won’t make any difference to the total lack of accountability around the McCabe case

Tax havens are perfectly legal - yet morally murky

Tax havens are perfectly legal - yet morally murky

There’s nothing ‘wrong’ with the tax avoidance schemes revealed in the Paradise Papers. But the consequences to our exchequer are all too real

Rapists do not deserve  a right to privacy

Rapists do not deserve a right to privacy

Amazingly, rape survivors do not have an automatic legal right to go public after their attacker is convicted - which gives rapists and paedophiles more protection than murderers receive

Our Taoiseach needs to get hot under the white collar

Our Taoiseach needs to get hot under the white collar

If Leo Varadkar wants to show that he views all classes of fraudster equally, he needs to be here spearheading innovative proposals

Elaine Byrne on Humphries

Elaine Byrne on Humphries

Because he was not his young victim’s coach, Tom Humphries was not prosecuted on the basis of his authority over her. But authority comes from more than carrying out a narrowly defined role