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?

We have too many charities

We have too many charities

Many charities duplicate each other’s work, reducing their effectiveness

Banking inquiry: How political parties get invisible donations

Banking inquiry: How political parties get invisible donations

Evidence to the inquiry last week showed that many donations to political parties remain unrecorded because they’re below the declarable limit

Elaine Byrne: What is Michael D Higgins’s presidency for?

Elaine Byrne: What is Michael D Higgins’s presidency for?

Compared to his two predecessors, there appears to be little purpose Michael D's appointment

Banking Inquiry week 25: No ‘Gotcha’ moment

Banking Inquiry week 25: No ‘Gotcha’ moment

There’s no smoking gun or bloody candlestick to be found by the banking inquiry – this is more like lead poisoning over many, many years

Avoiding white-collar crime, not investigating it

Avoiding white-collar crime, not investigating it

This is how it works in Ireland. The chief executive of the National Asset Management Agency (Na...

The NTMA kept its head when others were losing theirs

The NTMA kept its head when others were losing theirs

Politicians and institutions blundered, but one agency’s reputation pulled the country through

Why Kenny is like Mayo’s footballers

Why Kenny is like Mayo’s footballers

The first time I met Enda Kenny was in the empty ballroom of a Limerick hotel in 2002. The occasi...

Let’s hear it for the good-time guys

Let’s hear it for the good-time guys

Last week’s evidence to the banking inquiry proved one thing. Brian Cowen and Charlie McCreevy need to take off their rose-tinted glasses

Facts don’t figure in stats jungle

Facts don’t figure in stats jungle

Huddled around conference tables across the country are interest groups writing 2016 pre-budget s...

So who was really behind the guarantee?

So who was really behind the guarantee?

The banking inquiry last week proved there was no such thing as the Night of the Bank Guarantee. ...

Berkeley’s open response shames our instinct for secrecy

Berkeley’s open response shames our instinct for secrecy

Given the tragic collapse of a balcony at 2020 Kittredge Street, the City of Berkeley is posting ...

Tentative independents not always of one mind

Tentative independents not always of one mind

While they have much in common, economics may prove a stumbling block for the proposed new party

Taoiseach knew Lowry had won his tax appeal

Taoiseach knew Lowry had won his tax appeal

Taoiseach Enda Kenny knew that Michael Lowry had won his tax appeal five days before Lowry issue...

Banking Inquiry: Past mistakes, present problems

Banking Inquiry: Past mistakes, present problems

The banking inquiry sat for almost 11 hours on Thursday. Yet perhaps the most crucial evidence wa...

IBRC investigation is all about governance

IBRC investigation is all about governance

Outcome will have implications for Ireland’s international reputation