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?

Elaine Byrne: The same as it was ever was

Elaine Byrne: The same as it was ever was

Powerful interests remain in place everywhere

North needs to move beyond enforced power-sharing

North needs to move beyond enforced power-sharing

Some 17 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement are these political structures preventing “normal” politics?

Elaine Byrne: We need Cosgrave and the tall poppies

Elaine Byrne: We need Cosgrave and the tall poppies

The personal attacks on Cosgrave were typical shoot the messenger but ignore the message stuff

Elaine Byrne: Time for business to wake up on climate change

Elaine Byrne: Time for business to wake up on climate change

We may not care about polar bears, but we do care about the impact of climate change on our pocket

Elaine Byrne: Here’s the best way of honouring Tony Golden

Elaine Byrne: Here’s the best way of honouring Tony Golden

Perhaps a lasting tribute is to challenge our attitudes on domestic violence and change the law

Elaine Byrne: Election talk ignores real issues

Elaine Byrne: Election talk ignores real issues

While the public are distracted by speculation around the date of the election, our focus is diverted from what really matters

Make culprits pay

Make culprits pay

Fines for corporate wrongdoing don’t work. Punishing individual actions will

The Sunday Interview: Emily O'Reilly

The Sunday Interview: Emily O'Reilly

Making the EU more accountable to its citizens is at the core of O’Reilly’s mission as European Ombudsman

Elaine Byrne: Government must not block access to justice

Elaine Byrne: Government must not block access to justice

Centuries old law is obstacle to equality in our legal system

Iron in the soul

Iron in the soul

After a hit-and-run accident that left Elaine Byrne’s body broken, she worked her way back to health and went on to become a triathlete

Inquiry took away our comfort blanket

Inquiry took away our comfort blanket

The guarantee was planned in advance, the ECB intimidated us, but really we had only ourselves to blame

Elaine Byrne: Why can’t the new parties make the breakthrough?

Elaine Byrne: Why can’t the new parties make the breakthrough?

What do we want? A new political party! When do we want it? Now! That’s been the refrain in Iri...

Elaine Byrne: Bankers omit ‘irrelevant’ details

Elaine Byrne: Bankers omit ‘irrelevant’ details

So what else did they fail to tell the banking inquiry?

Fennelly shears the Taoiseach of moral authority

Fennelly shears the Taoiseach of moral authority

The interim report of the Fennelly Commission is a contemporaneous account of how Irish political...

Sinn Féin’s audience is deaf to official Ireland

Sinn Féin’s audience is deaf to official Ireland

Does it matter if the Provisional IRA hasn’t really gone away? It matters to Michael McDowell,...