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?

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

The DUP is drunk on power and headed for the rocks

The DUP is drunk on power and headed for the rocks

Arlene Foster has lost control of her MPs, and their damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead attitude to Brexit is going to end in disaster – probably for her

Nevin reflected the Ireland of her time

Nevin reflected the Ireland of her time

We need to remember Tom Nevin, not his wife

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