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?

The problem with our ‘lovely girls’ contest

The problem with our ‘lovely girls’ contest

If the Rose of Tralee truly is a ‘celebration of Irish women’, then it should afford women a voice, not just a tiara

When a nice job in Europe is a problem solved

When a nice job in Europe is a problem solved

The Wild Geese ploy deals with politicians and others who become the focus of attention that may make the government unpopular

Michael D must stick to his word on presidency

Michael D must stick to his word on presidency

From the start of his presidential election campaign, Michael D Higgins vowed to stand for just one term of seven years

Jack Lynch’s legacy has lessons for Varadkar

Jack Lynch’s legacy has lessons for Varadkar

As the centenary of his birth takes place this month, it may be unpopular to say but Jack Lynch was weak on diplomacy – and particularly the North

Elaine Byrne: ‘Joe’ isn’t the only player in the claim game

Elaine Byrne: ‘Joe’ isn’t the only player in the claim game

The strategy by insurers not to contest claims – even if they believe they can win – is prompting more cases

Chapter 3: State of the nation

Chapter 3: State of the nation

The big issues were always in Vincent Browne's sights, writes Elaine Byrne

TDs’ thirst for publicity robs the PAC report of its  impact

TDs’ thirst for publicity robs the PAC report of its impact

Change is needed in how chairs of committees are appointed, and members selected

Elaine Byrne: This is one state watchdog that’s not afraid to bite

Elaine Byrne: This is one state watchdog that’s not afraid to bite

We should start getting used to reading about the CCPC in the headlines

Shane Ross and his judicial bill miss the point

Shane Ross and his judicial bill miss the point

Other aspects of the judiciary are crying out for reform, as the government ignores a vital EU report

Elaine Byrne: Due process has left the building

Elaine Byrne: Due process has left the building

The culture within the PAC has apparently decided that no matter what the issue, Nóirín O’Sullivan is guilty

Elaine Byrne: Shiny rock star politics

Elaine Byrne: Shiny rock star politics

The naked hypocrisy of Mr Stepaside Garda Station Shane Ross

Why are Ireland's immigration controls are a total farce?

Why are Ireland's immigration controls are a total farce?

The gardaí do not know how often terrorist Rachid Redouane entered or left Ireland, how long he stayed or even when he actually lived here

Sean FitzPatrick Trial: White-collar crime not taken seriously

Sean FitzPatrick Trial: White-collar crime not taken seriously

Other countries call in the cops. We call in judges to head protracted inquiries rather than spend money beefing up enforcement agencies

‘Sometimes it’s better if she ends up in the hospital’

‘Sometimes it’s better if she ends up in the hospital’

Mechanisms for assisting the victims of domestic violence are so ineffective that gardaí are often forced to ‘get imaginative’ to bring abusers to justice

The rank outsiders taking their fields

The rank outsiders taking their fields

New Bank of Ireland chief, Francesca McDonagh, is the latest in a line of high-ranking figures bringing expertise to Irish corporate life from outside the system. The Garda should take note