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?

Bank guarantee ‘blew up’ the Irish banking system

Bank guarantee ‘blew up’ the Irish banking system

The banking inquiry needs to keep political interference at bay, warn British MPs who have already completed their own extensive banking sector probe

Hypocrisy, hysteria and Haughey

Hypocrisy, hysteria and Haughey

The portrayal of Terry Keane in the recent RTÉ television drama series Charlie has earned criticism from both her close friends and the Haughey family. Séan Haughey told RTÉ’s Liveline on Wednesday that the scenes of “pillow talk” between his father

Time for a change on political funding

Time for a change on political funding

We don’t let politicians fix electoral boundaries, why do we lets them make the rules on party funding

Creighton will give FG a coalition option

Creighton will give FG a coalition option

The TD’s initiative may offer some hope for Fine Gael, despite appearances

Banking inquiry should learn lessons from Britain

Banking inquiry should learn lessons from Britain

Westminster MPs set politics aside when conducting their inquiry

We simply need to make better policy

We simply need to make better policy

The ‘something must be done’ approach to homelessness is not enough

The noble council has been brought low

The noble council has been brought low

The farcical scenes in the Seanad last week belie the origins of an assembly that was once ahead of its time

We have much to learn from the outsiders

We have much to learn from the outsiders

The fear of outsiders, exemplified by Bull McCabe, still plagues us. But foreigners have many key regulatory positions

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 Ansbacher dossier: The reason why white collars don’t get felt here

The Ansbacher dossier: The reason why white collars don’t get felt here

The Garda Inspectorate report and the Ansbacher dossier lay bare an underlying institutional and cultural failing when it comes to white-collar crime in this country, writes Elaine Byrne.

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.