Elaine Byrne, Opinion /

Accountability should be a basic function of high office

Accountability should be a basic function of high office

With Oireachtas committees, the political instinct veers towards scoring points rather than getting answers

Tribunals and inquiries no substitute for accountability

Tribunals and inquiries no substitute for accountability

It’s time to change the way we deal with scandals and start making individuals answerable for their behaviour – with real penalties

Elaine Byrne: Foster care abuses are not historic

Elaine Byrne: Foster care abuses are not historic

It is wilful blindness to pretend that contemptible failures in child care are historic

Official’s removal was in the national interest

Official’s removal was in the national interest

It may sound like a Bond fantasy, but key Irish infrastructure has already fallen foul of a Russian state-linked cyber attack, and it is vital that we take security threats seriously

When political indiscipline becomes the new normal

When political indiscipline becomes the new normal

The attempts by parties to exert too much control over their TDs do not work in a modern democracy and, if anything, often backfire

Elaine Byrne: Why is it so easy to  harm a child in Ireland?

Elaine Byrne: Why is it so easy to harm a child in Ireland?

In the last eight months, two separate reports have been published which suggest that foot-dragging and lack of communication by state agencies are failing to protect children from sexual abuse

Welcome to the world of eunuch regulators

Welcome to the world of eunuch regulators

Scandal after scandal, regulator after regulator, brass plate after brass plate – and yet nothing seems to change

The DUP is drunk on power and headed for the rocks

The DUP is drunk on power and headed for the rocks

Arlene Foster has lost control of her MPs, and their damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead attitude to Brexit is going to end in disaster – probably for her

The Garda watchdog is being kept in chains

The Garda watchdog is being kept in chains

If the government wants Gsoc to do its job, it should give it the resources it needs and untether it from the Department of Justice

Middle ground to trump hectoring and lecturing

Middle ground to trump hectoring and lecturing

Referendums are won not by politicians nor even media figures, but those occupying the humble centre ground

Leo Varadkar’s vision is not that of Declan Costello’s Just Society

Leo Varadkar’s vision is not that of Declan Costello’s Just Society

In the Taoiseach’s Republic of Opportunity, owning a home would seem to be the preserve of the middle class

Facebook’s volte-face

Facebook’s volte-face

Denial of responsibility for content will no longer work for the US social media giant. It has power. It must deal with the consequences of that power

The sun is setting on  low-tech farming

The sun is setting on low-tech farming

Irish farming will need to embrace modern technology, and other big changes, if it is going to survive

The hard borders  drawn in our hearts

The hard borders drawn in our hearts

The threat of Brexit has given us a renewed sense of anti-partitionism. We should start by reaching out to our unionist neighbours

A novel way to husband the land

A novel way to husband the land

The legalising of same-sex marriage has provided fertile ground for single farmers wanting to avoid family inheritance rules - and what of it?