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: 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,...

Elaine Byrne: Rent control will make things worse

Elaine Byrne: Rent control will make things worse

Peter McVerry’s call for a rent freeze to solve the homeless crisis is emotional rhetoric

Work has changed – but tax policy hasn’t

Work has changed – but tax policy hasn’t

Our tax regime discriminates against the huge number of workers in the new ‘gig economy’.

Why doctors should be more like soldiers

Why doctors should be more like soldiers

The serious investment that goes into training medical students deserves to be repaid to the state

Elaine Byrne: Toxic bank, toxic culture

Elaine Byrne: Toxic bank, toxic culture

Fintan Drury hinted he may have been out of his depth at Anglo but was an expert at accessing senior politicians

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...