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: 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

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?