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?

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

Was Yes vote proof of a liberal Ireland?

Was Yes vote proof of a liberal Ireland?

John Gordon Swift MacNeill was a prominent Irish nationalist in late 19th century Ireland. As a P...

Banking Inquiry week 18: Why Patrick Neary’s testimony was both relevant and irrelevant

Banking Inquiry week 18: Why Patrick Neary’s testimony was both relevant and irrelevant

What is left to say about Patrick Neary? The former financial regulator is now six years into ret...

How personal stories have changed politics

How personal stories have changed politics

The marriage equality referendum was a master exercise in the strategy of public therapy

Banking Inquiry: had Hurley more to say?

Banking Inquiry: had Hurley more to say?

Banking Inquiry Week 17

Generation Smug raise the ladder after them

Generation Smug raise the ladder after them

Banking Inquiry: Where money and politics never meet

Banking Inquiry: Where money and politics never meet

No conflicts of interest in the auctioneering business, no builders with cosy political relationships - the perfect world of pre-bust Ireland

Banking Inquiry week 15: Holding the bank bosses responsible

Banking Inquiry week 15: Holding the bank bosses responsible

The Irish mindset seeks to blame the banks and not the bankers

Political reform: Playing by the numbers

Political reform: Playing by the numbers

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