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?

Has Ireland gone mad?

Has Ireland gone mad?

Bullets in the post. Bomb warnings. Death threats. The Jobstown water protest as “an exercise i...

Ten steps to starting a new political party

Ten steps to starting a new political party

Those who want to form a new political party should learn from Des O’Malley.

The unkindest cuts

The unkindest cuts

Despite expressing sympathy for Mairia Cahill, politicians have stood over huge cuts to victim support services, writes Elaine Byrne.

Political reform is now a dead duck

Political reform is now a dead duck

The government's notion of its own moral superiority is leading it back into old and cynical ways

Irish emigrants have not vanished'

Irish emigrants have not vanished'

There are ten good reasons to stay in Australia, but a thousand little ones to go back, writes Elaine Byrne.

Australian builder claims he paid for 1999 Adams trip

Australian builder claims he paid for 1999 Adams trip

Sinn Féin rejects claims made by construction industry whistleblower

McAleese says she is embarrassed' by Church's handling of abuse inquiries

McAleese says she is embarrassed' by Church's handling of abuse inquiries

Former president Mary McAleese told an Australian audience last week she was ''embarrassed about the Catholic clergy's handling of child abuse inquiries.

We need the right women in politics, not just more of them

We need the right women in politics, not just more of them

Reshuffles are often just cosmetic exercises, we need politicians of principle and action to effect meaningful policy changes, writes Elaine Byrne.

The Lucky Country, unlucky for some

The Lucky Country, unlucky for some

The Irish inquiry into church-run, state-funded mother and baby homes is finalising its parameters.

Infant deaths: Nothing secret about contempt for mothers and children

Infant deaths: Nothing secret about contempt for mothers and children

It’s the simplicity of the language that strikes you the most.

Ireland still under the influence

Ireland still under the influence

Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery was effectively paid from the public purse to influence government policy, writes Elaine Byrne.

State should pay whistleblowers

State should pay whistleblowers

For historical reasons, Irish whistleblowers face being labelled as informers. But elsewhere they are rewarded for information that nails white collar criminals, writes Elaine Byrne.

Can political donation reform be delivered?

Can political donation reform be delivered?

The political funding act 2012 has the potential to make politics more transparent, but it needs to be tightened up before it is too late, writes Elaine Byrne.

Politicking under the influence

Politicking under the influence

The Moriarty Tribunal’s findings contain key lessons on how Ireland must conduct its business