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?

Political reform: Playing by the numbers

Political reform: Playing by the numbers

The truth is that reform has not changed how Ireland really works

A dogfight in middle Ireland is a chance  to sniff the political wind

A dogfight in middle Ireland is a chance to sniff the political wind

The Carlow Kilkenny by-election on May 22 is the last election test before the General Election. ...

Banking Inquiry week 14: The fact is that we can’t handle hearing the truth

Banking Inquiry week 14: The fact is that we can’t handle hearing the truth

It’s galling that the former ECB chief wouldn’t face the Dáil, but we’re still looking to blame someone else for the crash

Banking inquiry week 13: Inquiry reveals the extraordinary consequences of ordinary decisions

Banking inquiry week 13: Inquiry reveals the extraordinary consequences of ordinary decisions

Donal Forde’s testimony at the banking inquiry last week was a disorienting mix of the ordinary and the surreal

Banking Inquiry week 11: A pointless exercise at an increasingly pointless inquiry on the road to nowhere

Banking Inquiry week 11: A pointless exercise at an increasingly pointless inquiry on the road to nowhere

Hauling various former media bigwigs over the coals may have been fun for some, but it achieved nothing

What exactly are we commemorating?

What exactly are we commemorating?

Confusion surrounds plans for the Rising’s centenary. Perhaps that is strangely appropriate

A €40 billion bailout loaded on the people

A €40 billion bailout loaded on the people

We were not all in this together. A relatively small number of individuals were involved in the commercial practices that led to the bank guarantee

Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

What is the point of having watchdogs like Hiqa and GSOC if they are muzzled?

Who will win in battle between Hiqa and HSE?

Who will win in battle between Hiqa and HSE?

One of the major developments in how we run our state in recent decades has been the ...

Yes, we really can fix the Seanad

Yes, we really can fix the Seanad

That is an election system belonging to another time and no longer appropriate in modern Ireland....

Banking inquiry week 10: Money talks – but what does it say?

Banking inquiry week 10: Money talks – but what does it say?

Marc MacSharry: Is there legislation anywhere in the world that in some way holds political parties to account in terms of the manifesto versus programme for government?

Foreign friends, loopholes and loot

Foreign friends, loopholes and loot

Are foreigners who donate to Sinn Féin in the North freeing the party financially to fund itself in the south?

Banking inquiry week 9: Avoiding the meat of the matter?

Banking inquiry week 9: Avoiding the meat of the matter?

In a memorable interview with RTE’s Prime Time in April 2009, Peter Bacon was in no mood to justify the ethical rationale for why Nama was necessary.

McWilliams brightens up Committee Room Three

McWilliams brightens up Committee Room Three

Banking inquiry Week 8

Investigate the banks, but also the bankers

Investigate the banks, but also the bankers

A regulatory system that fined individual bankers and not just the banks might actually change behaviour.