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?

Why are we leaving divorce in the Constitution at all?

Why are we leaving divorce in the Constitution at all?

We’re being asked to remove the minimum living-apart period. But that will leave other provisions on divorce in the Constitution that have no place there at all

If you stand by and do nothing, are you complicit?

If you stand by and do nothing, are you complicit?

Did Fine Gael wait until it was politically safe to reject Hungarian far-right leader Viktor Orbán?

New tariffs evoke ruinous Economic War of 1930s

New tariffs evoke ruinous Economic War of 1930s

The British government’s proposed rules on imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit have serious implications for Irish agriculture

Why Yates is far from alone in his anti-‘Nordie’ point of view


Why Yates is far from alone in his anti-‘Nordie’ point of view


Despite aspiring to a united Ireland, many people ‘down here’ privately share radio host Ivan Yates’s prejudice. We should ditch the partitionism and realise that, in a republic, all citizens must be equal


Ross, McDonald and McGuinness go strangely silent after ruling

Ross, McDonald and McGuinness go strangely silent after ruling

Anyone who believes in due process and fairness should welcome the Supreme Court’s recent decision that the PAC was out of line on Rehab

Britain cannot wash its hands of problems that created Isis bride

Britain cannot wash its hands of problems that created Isis bride

The home secretary Sajid Javid tried to export the teenager to Bangladesh, a country she has never visited, rather than allow her to be judged by a British court. Is this in the public interest?

The shortage of judges has grave implications not only for Irish litigants, but for our trust in the justice system as a whole

The shortage of judges has grave implications not only for Irish litigants, but for our trust in the justice system as a whole

Is the Irish justice system in crisis? A High Court judge announced last week that there are not ...

History repeats itself in our housing policy

History repeats itself in our housing policy

It’s the 1960s again as we see a perfect storm of a booming but precarious economy, a housing shortage and a rising population in Dublin - yet the public sector standards bill is languishing

The sheikh, the farmers and the generous CAP

The sheikh, the farmers and the generous CAP

Some of the wealthiest people in the world, including Sheikh Mohammed, benefit from EU farm subsidies

There should be no topic too dangerous for TV

There should be no topic too dangerous for TV

One minute’s worth of controversial remarks rightly didn’t deter 368,000 viewers from watching a useful report on transgender issues

The European Parliament is the Seanad on steroids

The European Parliament is the Seanad on steroids

Neither Irish political parties nor Irish voters seem to care about this year’s European Parliament elections, despite what they mean for us

State’s homelessness failures are no free licence  for charities

State’s homelessness failures are no free licence for charities

As Conor Skehan suggests, our homeless charities need to be more efficient at what they do, because they’re wasting limited resources

The forgotten Jewish heroes of the War of Independence

The forgotten Jewish heroes of the War of Independence

The centenary commemorations give us a chance to look at neglected narratives in Irish history, including the role played by members of one particular community

The case for legalising weed for recreational use

The case for legalising weed for recreational use

Now that it’s legal in much of North America, big business, including Guinness owner Diageo, is considering investing in marijuana as a product. Isn’t it time we too looked into it?

We can become ethical carnivores

We can become ethical carnivores

We meat-eaters have become divorced from the reality of where our food comes from. That’s bad for animals, and for us