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: 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

Why do we ignore Ireland’s rape problem?

Why do we ignore Ireland’s rape problem?

We know that most rapists are a relative, friend or partner of their victim

Elaine Byrne: Labour fails on housing again

Elaine Byrne: Labour fails on housing again

The impetus for housing reform is the same as it was in 1974 - but the nuances are very different this time

Elaine Byrne: Rebuilding trust in a broken charity sector

Elaine Byrne: Rebuilding trust in a broken charity sector

Only urgent reform will help myriad great organisations

Financial Transaction Tax is payback time for banks

Financial Transaction Tax is payback time for banks

Post-Brexit, the FTT is a moral imperative that would net millions for the state

We could all learn a lot from how the late Jo Cox got consensus

We could all learn a lot from how the late Jo Cox got consensus

Cox and Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell were an unlikely partnership

Why we should thank John Gilligan

Why we should thank John Gilligan

Ireland needs to use the European tools available to tackle international organised crime

Poverty is not the cause of gangland murders

Poverty is not the cause of gangland murders

Individual responsibility is being overlooked in a simplistic narrative

Elaine Byrne: Ross must take charge and give our watchdogs some teeth

Elaine Byrne: Ross must take charge and give our watchdogs some teeth

A love letter to the "outsider" who is now an "insider"

Elaine Byrne: Motorists still not paying the penalty

Elaine Byrne: Motorists still not paying the penalty

What was the purpose of the Guerin, Fennelly, O’Higgins and all the other Garda inquiries?

Elaine Byrne: Whistleblower bounty could be music to our ears

Elaine Byrne: Whistleblower bounty could be music to our ears

While Irish institutions may be instinctively hostile towards whistleblowing, embracing a US-style reward system could actually save the state a lot of money

What have 11 Garda probes in 3 years achieved?

What have 11 Garda probes in 3 years achieved?

Have they changed anything?

New IFA boss must rebuild its influence

New IFA boss must rebuild its influence

Joe Healy may be a new broom, but he must work fast to reinvigorate the organisation, regain its power and influence and tackle the problems of globalisation