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Elaine Byrne: Profound change came only because of the mighty few who took on the state

The bravery of Seamus and Mary McGee led to the legalisation of contraception in Ireland

28.01.2024 10

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Private equity has been good for Ireland but something extraordinary is happening in health and housing

Where is the scrutiny of the consequences of international money owning Ireland’s nursing homes, housing estates, tolled motorways and private...

14.01.2024 20

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Elaine Byrne: Upcoming referendums will expose Irish politics to influence of money

The gaps in the electoral legislation which allow NGOs and companies to fund campaign groups will come to the fore in the coming weeks

07.01.2024 10

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It is uncomfortable to have to listen to those we disagree with, but that is democracy

The government’s controversial hate speech bill is not criminalising freedom of expression, despite disinformation to the contrary

31.12.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: Signs of leadership give hope in a void filled with misinformation

With the local elections looming, some politicians try to stand out by becoming a proxy for the ‘national conversation’ on immigration, while...

24.12.2023 9

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Elaine Byrne: Sipo stands impassively by as Sinn Féin plays to different rules on how it is funded

The watchdog with responsibility for transparency in how elections are financed does not do its job

17.12.2023 6

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Elaine Byrne: President Conor McGregor is not as unlikely as you might think

Peter Casey’s performance in the last presidential contest is a perfect case study of how utterly unpredictable elections for the first citizen have...

09.12.2023 6

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Elaine Byrne: He was a likeable rogue but Ben Dunne was also a corrupting influence on public life

The late Irish businessman did not accept the adverse findings made against him by the various tribunals but he never legally challenged them

26.11.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: Coroner’s Service needs reform to provide dignity to loved ones

A US hearing has shone a new light on the shortcomings of Ireland’s Coroner’s Service, which has been in need of review for over 20 years

19.11.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: Government asleep at the wheel over threat of Russian interference in our elections

We should not take our electoral process for granted as the US warns Ireland that Putin may attempt to interfere in our forthcoming elections

12.11.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: Environmentalists are the key to flood management

The state is wrong to blame 'climate zealots’ for delays in construction of flood defence schemes, and should instead be looking to nature-based...

05.11.2023 9

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Elaine Byrne: Greens are a shrewd, effective party but have yet to convince voters

Green ideas are easy to spot in government policy because they are smart, imaginative and new – but so far the party has not been rewarded with...

29.10.2023 8

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Elaine Byrne: Cosgrave’s inflammatory utterances on social media come home to roost

It seems his belated apology came only when the financial interests of his Web Summit company came under pressure

21.10.2023 7

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Elaine Byrne: Sinn Féin’s instinct to avoid ‘politics of condemnation’ is a moral embarrassment

15.10.2023 8

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Elaine Byrne: Car crashes are rarely accidents, so let’s stop pretending they are

We have become used to people dying regularly on Irish roads – but most collisions are preventable, and our language should reflect that

08.10.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: Varadkar is like Goldilocks who finds reform of the Seanad too big or too little

There will never, ever be any solution to the issue of changes of the Upper House that will be deemed to be just right for the Taoiseach

01.10.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: How the dramatic transformation of Irish rugby’s fortunes was no accident

The IRFU has hit on a winning formula – the more money it makes, the more it invests in the game, the more professionalised it becomes and the...

24.09.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: Biden should have the courage to not run again, despite his excellent record

By any objective measure, Joe Biden has been a very effective president – but most Americans, on both sides of the aisle, see his age as a liability

17.09.2023 10

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Elaine Byrne: Fine Gael urgently needs new blood as old stalwarts leave office

The party is in danger of losing viability as a political force at the next election, as many TDs who have served for decades are retiring

10.09.2023 10

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