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?

Elaine Byrne: These Garda scandals are straight out of Kafka

Elaine Byrne: These Garda scandals are straight out of Kafka

The story of the Garda Síochána and the government response to scandal echoes the bureacratic nightmare of Joseph K

Elaine Bynre: Why is Ireland addicted to tribunals?

Elaine Bynre: Why is Ireland addicted to tribunals?

Vast numbers of recommendations from varying tribunals over two decades have produced only legislative inconsistencies

Australians remember forgotten Irish girls: Why can’t we?

Australians remember forgotten Irish girls: Why can’t we?

At a Sydney museum, the lives of 4,114 Irish children are memorialised. We must do the same for other lost children and the Magdalenes

Ditch the reports and act on cases like Grace

Ditch the reports and act on cases like Grace

One year on, the accounts of a whistleblower into abuse allegations against an intellectually disabled girl are still utterly shocking

Elaine Byrne: We knew about the Tuam babies scandal

Elaine Byrne: We knew about the Tuam babies scandal

When we rebury these babies, can we paint their cots with flowers?

Cardinal’s failure was not in isolation

Cardinal’s failure was not in isolation

Eulogies for a cleric who was ‘ill-suited’ to deal with abuse crisis ignore underlying problems

Charleton may restore our faith in tribunals

Charleton may restore our faith in tribunals

The Charleton tribunal may finally stimulate action on the 2012 Children’s Referendum and the reports of the Garda Inspectorate

'Garda scandal – a clear pattern of deplorable events'

'Garda scandal – a clear pattern of deplorable events'

Cumulative abuses of Garda power have somehow escaped sufficient condemnation

Elaine Byrne: Dystopian reality of the ASTI leadership

Elaine Byrne: Dystopian reality of the ASTI leadership

Some of the people who teach Ireland’s children reject the values of compromise, cooperation and conciliation

Facing up to the facts of immigration fraud

Facing up to the facts of immigration fraud

We are an emigrant nation, with a warm welcome. Let’s not allow immigration fraud to ruin that

Deifying TK Whitaker does a big disservice to his successors

Deifying TK Whitaker does a big disservice to his successors

Whitaker has been lauded for his role at the Department of Finance, but he divides opinion among other secretaries general

Germany was reunited within the EU. Why not Ireland?

Germany was reunited within the EU. Why not Ireland?

In an EU context, a united Ireland is imaginable – we just need to look to the fall of the Berlin Wall

Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it

Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it

There is an awkward silence induced by our own insecurities around mortality

Tackling climate change isn't just an altruistic move

Tackling climate change isn't just an altruistic move

Divesting makes business sense. So why isn't a broader debate about it happening in Ireland?

We’re all sleepwalking into an agricultural collapse

We’re all sleepwalking into an agricultural collapse

It’s a massive export industry, but unthinking urban-based sophisticates are indifferent to the Brexit disaster facing agriculture