Elaine Byrne, Opinion /

The trouble with a head on a plate is that it solves nothing

The trouble with a head on a plate is that it solves nothing

The politicos, baying for blood, want nothing less than the resignation of the Tánaiste. But Frances Fitzgerald’s going won’t make any difference to the total lack of accountability around the McCabe case

Tax havens are perfectly legal - yet morally murky

Tax havens are perfectly legal - yet morally murky

There’s nothing ‘wrong’ with the tax avoidance schemes revealed in the Paradise Papers. But the consequences to our exchequer are all too real

Rapists do not deserve  a right to privacy

Rapists do not deserve a right to privacy

Amazingly, rape survivors do not have an automatic legal right to go public after their attacker is convicted - which gives rapists and paedophiles more protection than murderers receive

Our Taoiseach needs to get hot under the white collar

Our Taoiseach needs to get hot under the white collar

If Leo Varadkar wants to show that he views all classes of fraudster equally, he needs to be here spearheading innovative proposals

Elaine Byrne on Humphries

Elaine Byrne on Humphries

Because he was not his young victim’s coach, Tom Humphries was not prosecuted on the basis of his authority over her. But authority comes from more than carrying out a narrowly defined role

Elaine Byrne: A sorry state of affairs

Elaine Byrne: A sorry state of affairs

Culture is part of Ireland's problem when it comes to making banks accountable for tracker mortgages

When the indefensible becomes the everyday

When the indefensible becomes the everyday

People like Harvey Weinstein are not exclusive to the US: our own culture of discrimination is baked into our attitudes and policy-making, to the point where we don’t even see it

Nóirín O’Sullivan is gone. Now what?

Nóirín O’Sullivan is gone. Now what?

There is a civil war within the Garda Siochána. A new commissioner will take over a force brimming with internal conflict

Is it time to plough a fresh furrow?

Is it time to plough a fresh furrow?

The realities of 2017 may force the IFA to rethink tillage farming

It’s wrong to blame all Garda ills on O’Sullivan

It’s wrong to blame all Garda ills on O’Sullivan

Nóirín O’Sullivan has stepped down, but successive government ministers also have to carry the can for the breath test scandal

The problem with our ‘lovely girls’ contest

The problem with our ‘lovely girls’ contest

If the Rose of Tralee truly is a ‘celebration of Irish women’, then it should afford women a voice, not just a tiara

When a nice job in Europe is a problem solved

When a nice job in Europe is a problem solved

The Wild Geese ploy deals with politicians and others who become the focus of attention that may make the government unpopular

Michael D must stick to his word on presidency

Michael D must stick to his word on presidency

From the start of his presidential election campaign, Michael D Higgins vowed to stand for just one term of seven years

Jack Lynch’s legacy has lessons for Varadkar

Jack Lynch’s legacy has lessons for Varadkar

As the centenary of his birth takes place this month, it may be unpopular to say but Jack Lynch was weak on diplomacy – and particularly the North

Elaine Byrne: ‘Joe’ isn’t the only player in the claim game

Elaine Byrne: ‘Joe’ isn’t the only player in the claim game

The strategy by insurers not to contest claims – even if they believe they can win – is prompting more cases