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?

What exactly are we commemorating?

What exactly are we commemorating?

Confusion surrounds plans for the Rising’s centenary. Perhaps that is strangely appropriate

A €40 billion bailout loaded on the people

A €40 billion bailout loaded on the people

We were not all in this together. A relatively small number of individuals were involved in the commercial practices that led to the bank guarantee

Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

What is the point of having watchdogs like Hiqa and GSOC if they are muzzled?

Who will win in battle between Hiqa and HSE?

Who will win in battle between Hiqa and HSE?

One of the major developments in how we run our state in recent decades has been the ...

Yes, we really can fix the Seanad

Yes, we really can fix the Seanad

That is an election system belonging to another time and no longer appropriate in modern Ireland....

Banking inquiry week 10: Money talks – but what does it say?

Banking inquiry week 10: Money talks – but what does it say?

Marc MacSharry: Is there legislation anywhere in the world that in some way holds political parties to account in terms of the manifesto versus programme for government?

Foreign friends, loopholes and loot

Foreign friends, loopholes and loot

Are foreigners who donate to Sinn Féin in the North freeing the party financially to fund itself in the south?

Banking inquiry week 9: Avoiding the meat of the matter?

Banking inquiry week 9: Avoiding the meat of the matter?

In a memorable interview with RTE’s Prime Time in April 2009, Peter Bacon was in no mood to justify the ethical rationale for why Nama was necessary.

McWilliams brightens up Committee Room Three

McWilliams brightens up Committee Room Three

Banking inquiry Week 8

Investigate the banks, but also the bankers

Investigate the banks, but also the bankers

A regulatory system that fined individual bankers and not just the banks might actually change behaviour.

Bank Inquiry Week 7

Bank Inquiry Week 7

Elaine Byrne Former IMF chief of mission to Ireland Ashoka Mody has really shaken up the government – and the banking inquiry

Caught between a rock and a herd place

Caught between a rock and a herd place

The Irish agriculture sector may be booming, but it’s signally failing to keep its promises on climate change.

Bank Inquiry Week 6

Bank Inquiry Week 6

Elaine Byrne The focus on ESRI publications as a predictor of whether or not Ireland’s economic collapse could have been avoided is greatly exaggerated

Banking Inquiry week 5: Black gold oils wheels of debate

Banking Inquiry week 5: Black gold oils wheels of debate

Bill Black can’t hold back on his frustration with Nyberg and the Constitution’s grip on the banking inquiry

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