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?

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

A dogfight in middle Ireland is a chance  to sniff the political wind

A dogfight in middle Ireland is a chance to sniff the political wind

The Carlow Kilkenny by-election on May 22 is the last election test before the General Election. ...

Banking Inquiry week 14: The fact is that we can’t handle hearing the truth

Banking Inquiry week 14: The fact is that we can’t handle hearing the truth

It’s galling that the former ECB chief wouldn’t face the Dáil, but we’re still looking to blame someone else for the crash

Banking inquiry week 13: Inquiry reveals the extraordinary consequences of ordinary decisions

Banking inquiry week 13: Inquiry reveals the extraordinary consequences of ordinary decisions

Donal Forde’s testimony at the banking inquiry last week was a disorienting mix of the ordinary and the surreal