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?

Our Defence Forces get no thanks for selfless heroism

Our Defence Forces get no thanks for selfless heroism

Despite their strong international standing, it’s often a case of out of sight, out of mind when it comes to Irish attitudes towards our peacekeeping personnel

Big Phil’s hard sell on Mercosur deal won’t impress everyone

Big Phil’s hard sell on Mercosur deal won’t impress everyone

A lack of climate change commitment by leaders such as Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is the bogeyman in convincing EU governments to sign off on the agreement

Sentencing argument shows why we’ll miss Daly dose of wisdom

Sentencing argument shows why we’ll miss Daly dose of wisdom

The Dáil’s loss will be the European Parliament’s gain when Clare Daly, who is never afraid to fly in the face of popular opinion, moves to Brussels

The invisible protection afforded by a wedding ring

The invisible protection afforded by a wedding ring

The treatment of Majella Moynihan was atrocious, but in 2019, we still penalise unmarried parents in many subtle ways

Our rules on political funding are actually fairer than most

Our rules on political funding are actually fairer than most

Funding failed parties such as Renua is a small price to pay for our democratic, admirably transparent system

Even the Pope can fall for fake news in our rush to have a say

Even the Pope can fall for fake news in our rush to have a say

The story that a teenage girl had died by legal euthanasia in the Netherlands was entirely untrue. But that didn’t stop it spreading around the world

Once-marginal concerns are now centre stage in Europe

Once-marginal concerns are now centre stage in Europe

European poll generated the largest electoral turnout since voting began four decades ago

Blurring the lines on cannabis doesn’t help doctors’ case

Blurring the lines on cannabis doesn’t help doctors’ case

In discussing legalisation of the drug, the Cannabis Risk Alliance has lumped together medicinal and recreational use

Promises in the Constitution won’t build any more houses

Promises in the Constitution won’t build any more houses

Sinn Féin’s bid to get housing rights into the Constitution has failed in the Dáil. But the reality is that a right to a home would be meaningless if it could not be delivered on

Jackson outcry shows a shift from due process to social media spleen

Jackson outcry shows a shift from due process to social media spleen

Social media anger at the news that former Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson is to join London Irish seems to indicate a shift towards believing alleged victims unconditionally and without scrutiny

Vaccination laws and education must go hand in hand

Vaccination laws and education must go hand in hand

We need to keep measles inoculation rates up, but steps should also be taken to allay the concerns of parents who believe the unscientific claims of anti-vaxxers

Is our system of local democracy merely a sham?

Is our system of local democracy merely a sham?

Next month’s local election may record the lowest ever turnout in the history of the state. You can understand why

After the trauma of Tuam, the lingering silence brings more pain

After the trauma of Tuam, the lingering silence brings more pain

We still do not know the burial location of thousands of children who died in mother and baby homes. The tragedy is that there are people who do know and who have not come forward

FAI circus shows limitations of Oireachtas committees

FAI circus shows limitations of Oireachtas committees

There are more effective means of investigating the football association’s finances and workings

How trumped-up rumours become fake news

How trumped-up rumours become fake news

The school patronage ‘crisis’, entirely self-created by a handful of interested parties, is a grim reminder of how quickly fear and misinformation can be weaponised