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?

Infant deaths: Nothing secret about contempt for mothers and children

Infant deaths: Nothing secret about contempt for mothers and children

It’s the simplicity of the language that strikes you the most.

Ireland still under the influence

Ireland still under the influence

Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery was effectively paid from the public purse to influence government policy, writes Elaine Byrne.

State should pay whistleblowers

State should pay whistleblowers

For historical reasons, Irish whistleblowers face being labelled as informers. But elsewhere they are rewarded for information that nails white collar criminals, writes Elaine Byrne.

Can political donation reform be delivered?

Can political donation reform be delivered?

The political funding act 2012 has the potential to make politics more transparent, but it needs to be tightened up before it is too late, writes Elaine Byrne.

Politicking under the influence

Politicking under the influence

The Moriarty Tribunal’s findings contain key lessons on how Ireland must conduct its business