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: Earnest Simon’s simply playing the long game

Elaine Byrne: Earnest Simon’s simply playing the long game

Those predicting that Leo Varadkar has the FG leadership sewn up are wide of the mark

‘You won’t make friends in this job’

‘You won’t make friends in this job’

An open letter to Damian McDonald, appointed director general of the Irish Farmers Association last week

In 1932, Fianna Fáil set out to win the hearts of the marginalised, and prevailed

In 1932, Fianna Fáil set out to win the hearts of the marginalised, and prevailed

Dev, like Trump, took power through the disaffected

The ASTI strategy – then and now – is bonkers

The ASTI strategy – then and now – is bonkers

ASTI strike action led to violent street protests - and they didn’t get their 30 per cent pay rise

The ASTI exists to serve the agendas of older teachers and threw its younger members under a bus

The ASTI exists to serve the agendas of older teachers and threw its younger members under a bus

The ASTI is more cuckoo than the workers’ union

The CAB is unable to whack all the moles

The CAB is unable to whack all the moles

Low funding and inadequate money laundering laws make chasing criminals futile

“The special agents passed their laptop around the room... but they refused to tuck into the free lunch”

“The special agents passed their laptop around the room... but they refused to tuck into the free lunch”

Inside the meeting that alerted Goal to allegations of fraud in its Syria relief operations

Garda crime statistics cannot be based on guesswork and hope

Garda crime statistics cannot be based on guesswork and hope

What other errors are creeping into Garda figures?

Elaine Byrne: Cheaper finance will make slaves of farmers

Elaine Byrne: Cheaper finance will make slaves of farmers

Banks and factories will have a much bigger stake in our agricultural sector

Project Eagle sale highlights downside of ‘commercial sensitivity’ secrecy

Project Eagle sale highlights downside of ‘commercial sensitivity’ secrecy

Lesson one to circumvent public transparency - insert a commercial sensitivity clause into your organisation’s raison d’être

Elaine Byrne: Our white-collar crime problem

Elaine Byrne: Our white-collar crime problem

Ireland’s attitude to immoral conduct by the middle classes is to pretend it does not exist

Suffer little children: the adults are fighting

Suffer little children: the adults are fighting

Why did 38 vulnerable children spend 19 hours in solitary confinement at the Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus?

Elaine Byrne: The debt we owe to Sister Consilio

Elaine Byrne: The debt we owe to Sister Consilio

A 79-year-old nun runs Ireland’s largest detox and rehab service - and the state coughs up only half what it costs

Shane Ross has not made a new appointment to a state board since he became a minister

Shane Ross has not made a new appointment to a state board since he became a minister

Get your popcorn ready for the Taming of the Populist when the new Dáil season begins

Maynooth row is symptom of wider struggle in Church

Maynooth row is symptom of wider struggle in Church

Conservatism and liberalism are at war in the Irish Church, with the majority of bishops resistant to change