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Monday 9 May, 2022

Tom Clonan: On day 75 of the war, the Russian war machine remains sluggish and without 'victory'
# Russia's War
# Russia's War

Tom Clonan: On day 75 of the war, the Russian war machine remains sluggish and without 'victory'

Updated May 9th 2022, 9:55 PM 29,831 Views 16 Comments

There was little for Putin to celebrate during this year’s ‘Victory Day’.

Thursday 21 April, 2022

Tom Clonan: Russia's renewed assault on the Donbas region is an attempt to re-frame the narrative
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Russia's renewed assault on the Donbas region is an attempt to re-frame the narrative

Apr 21st 2022, 7:00 PM 15,926 Views 22 Comments

For symbolic and propaganda reasons, Putin has a few weeks to turn things around in Ukraine, writes security analyst Tom Clonan.

Tuesday 12 April, 2022

Tom Clonan: Russia has pivoted to regenerate a major offensive on the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Russia has pivoted to regenerate a major offensive on the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts

Apr 12th 2022, 7:30 PM 20,632 Views 22 Comments

Security analyst Tom Clonan writes about how the Russian forces have taken out their frustrations on the civilian population.

Tuesday 29 March, 2022

Tom Clonan: A turning point has been reached in the invasion of Ukraine
# Analysis
# Analysis

Tom Clonan: A turning point has been reached in the invasion of Ukraine

Mar 29th 2022, 6:15 PM 67,421 Views 30 Comments

The security analyst looks at the past few days of activity and peace talks and what that tells us about the future.

Tuesday 22 March, 2022

Tom Clonan: Russia has converted Mariupol into a pressure cooker of human suffering
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Russia has converted Mariupol into a pressure cooker of human suffering

Updated Mar 22nd 2022, 6:50 AM 35,236 Views 27 Comments

However, the security analyst writes that the Russian military has been “mauled” on the approach to Kyiv.

Friday 11 March, 2022

Tom Clonan: Russia will now target more innocent civilians to achieve 'victory' in this war
# Cities Under Siege
# Cities Under Siege

Tom Clonan: Russia will now target more innocent civilians to achieve 'victory' in this war

Mar 11th 2022, 5:57 PM 23,205 Views 9 Comments

The security analyst says based on the trajectory of this invasion, it’s now clear that the civilian population in Ukraine is a de facto target.

Thursday 3 March, 2022

Tom Clonan: The Kremlin’s war aims are slowly revealing themselves - here's what we know
# War In Ukraine
# War In Ukraine

Tom Clonan: The Kremlin’s war aims are slowly revealing themselves - here's what we know

Mar 3rd 2022, 9:32 PM 50,386 Views 44 Comments

The security analyst says that it would appear at this point that the Russians are seeking to cut Ukraine in two.

Tuesday 1 March, 2022

Tom Clonan: Putin is waging a 1942 war in 2022, causing untold suffering and destruction
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Tom Clonan: Putin is waging a 1942 war in 2022, causing untold suffering and destruction

Mar 1st 2022, 12:05 AM 35,408 Views 44 Comments

The security expert says the Russian leader has employed similar tactics in Grozny in Chechnya.

Thursday 24 February, 2022

Tom Clonan: This war will test European values in a manner not seen since the 1940s
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: This war will test European values in a manner not seen since the 1940s

Updated Feb 24th 2022, 7:15 PM 51,572 Views 46 Comments

The choreography for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been protracted and overt, Tom Clonan writes.

Tuesday 22 February, 2022

Tom Clonan: By force or by diplomacy, Russia wants to re-take separatist territory from Ukraine
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: By force or by diplomacy, Russia wants to re-take separatist territory from Ukraine

Feb 22nd 2022, 5:35 PM 11,785 Views 17 Comments

Russia’s recognition of the breakaway republics’ ‘2014 borders’ represents a declaration of intent to re-take the region, Tom Clonan writes.

Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Tom Clonan: The next 24 hours will be pivotal in the future of peace in Ukraine and Europe
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: The next 24 hours will be pivotal in the future of peace in Ukraine and Europe

Feb 15th 2022, 7:30 PM 15,114 Views 33 Comments

The security analyst says a Russian invasion of Ukraine could mean the largest conventional ground offensive in Europe since World War II.

Tuesday 8 February, 2022

Tom Clonan: Will Russia stage a 'false flag' operation as a pretext to invading Ukraine?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Will Russia stage a 'false flag' operation as a pretext to invading Ukraine?

Updated Feb 8th 2022, 2:33 PM 24,197 Views 39 Comments

Throughout history, false flag operations have been mounted many times to justify the invasion of a neighbouring territory.

Wednesday 6 October, 2021

Tom Clonan: Dozens have contacted me since Women of Honour with stories of sexual assault and bullying
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Tom Clonan: Dozens have contacted me since Women of Honour with stories of sexual assault and bullying

Updated Oct 6th 2021, 4:00 PM 13,878 Views 14 Comments

The security analyst says the recent documentary has merely scratched the surface of issues for women in the Defence Forces.

Sunday 5 September, 2021

Tom Clonan: The Taliban's power grab was spectacular but they can't govern at gunpoint
# What Next?
# What Next?

Tom Clonan: The Taliban's power grab was spectacular but they can't govern at gunpoint

Sep 5th 2021, 8:30 AM 20,352 Views 15 Comments

The security analyst looks at the Taliban and discusses the possible future outcomes for the people of Afghanistan.

Friday 27 August, 2021

Tom Clonan: Afghanistan, its people and all military personnel are now in a race against time
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Afghanistan, its people and all military personnel are now in a race against time

Aug 27th 2021, 7:12 PM 14,344 Views 16 Comments

The security analyst says the stakes couldn’t be higher in the days before the US withdrawal.

Wednesday 25 August, 2021

Tom Clonan: The Irish Army Ranger Wing face a treacherous Kabul - but they are highly trained
# Afghanistan Rescue
# Afghanistan Rescue

Tom Clonan: The Irish Army Ranger Wing face a treacherous Kabul - but they are highly trained

Aug 25th 2021, 7:00 AM 41,970 Views 61 Comments

The security expert says every person evacuated from Kabul by the ARW will represent a life transformed, free of Taliban persecution.

Friday 20 August, 2021

Tom Clonan: The US loss to the Taliban will have severe global repercussions
# Geopolitics
# Geopolitics

Tom Clonan: The US loss to the Taliban will have severe global repercussions

Aug 20th 2021, 7:00 AM 45,763 Views 63 Comments

The security expert looks at the fall of Afghanistan and how it all plays out on a global stage.

Monday 16 August, 2021

Tom Clonan: 'Scenes of desperation at Kabul Airport speak to the barbarity of the Taliban'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: 'Scenes of desperation at Kabul Airport speak to the barbarity of the Taliban'

Aug 16th 2021, 1:21 PM 50,189 Views 35 Comments

The events of the next 48 – 72 hours in Afghanistan are being shaped in a highly fluid and febrile environment, security expert Tom Clonan writes.

Friday 13 August, 2021

Tom Clonan: The Taliban's impending victory in Afghanistan is bad news for humanity
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: The Taliban's impending victory in Afghanistan is bad news for humanity

Updated Aug 13th 2021, 1:00 PM 70,902 Views 98 Comments

The security analyst says the Taliban brings its violent misogyny with it, meaning women and girls will suffer most.

Tuesday 3 November, 2020

Tom Clonan: Last night's attack in Vienna shows Islamic State is regrouping and shifting focus
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Last night's attack in Vienna shows Islamic State is regrouping and shifting focus

Nov 3rd 2020, 3:53 PM 18,826 Views 16 Comments

Islamic State’s so-called ‘Caliphate’ took a beating last year, but the terror group has been revived from new bases in Africa, writes Tom Clonan.

Sunday 27 September, 2020

Tom Clonan: Our Defence Forces are effectively on life-support
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Tom Clonan: Our Defence Forces are effectively on life-support

Sep 27th 2020, 7:30 AM 53,688 Views 54 Comments

Tom Clonan says the government’s new Commission on the Future of the Defence Forces must not delay in tackling the many crises faced in the forces of this country.

Friday 11 September, 2020

Tom Clonan: The messaging from this new government has been an omnishambles
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: The messaging from this new government has been an omnishambles

Sep 11th 2020, 7:00 AM 25,085 Views 23 Comments

Its communications strategy has been a mess at a crucial time for public health, Brexit and the economy, writes Clonan.

Thursday 9 April, 2020

Tom Clonan: Ireland's ICU guidelines for Covid-19 must safeguard people with disabilities
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Ireland's ICU guidelines for Covid-19 must safeguard people with disabilities

Apr 9th 2020, 2:25 PM 16,849 Views 34 Comments

Rationing of critical care during any coronavirus surge must not happen at the expense of the most vulnerable, writes Clonan.

Tuesday 5 November, 2019

Opinion: 'Lisa Smith's story will continue to divide and provoke Irish public opinion - and rightly so'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'Lisa Smith's story will continue to divide and provoke Irish public opinion - and rightly so'

Nov 5th 2019, 7:00 AM 24,196 Views 54 Comments

Security expert Tom Clonan outlines what could happen with Lisa Smith’s return to Ireland.

Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed
# TOM CLONAN
# TOM CLONAN

Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed

Oct 16th 2019, 6:20 AM 26,283 Views 69 Comments

Events in Syria appear to represent a major setback for the US and a major victory for Syria’s President Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies, writes Tom Clonan.

Friday 13 September, 2019

Recent attempted bombings in Northern Ireland could drag us all back to the Troubles
# TOM CLONAN
# TOM CLONAN

Recent attempted bombings in Northern Ireland could drag us all back to the Troubles

Sep 13th 2019, 6:20 AM 21,165 Views 19 Comments

A recent attempted mortar attack in Strabane has all the hallmarks of the past, writes Tom Clonan.

Monday 24 June, 2019

Opinion: Living with a disability in Ireland - a relentless dystopian nightmare
# TOM CLONAN
# TOM CLONAN

Opinion: Living with a disability in Ireland - a relentless dystopian nightmare

Jun 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 15,458 Views 17 Comments

The daily life of a person with a disability is not aided by Irish society, writes Tom Clonan.

Saturday 1 June, 2019

Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service

Jun 1st 2019, 7:30 AM 35,408 Views 95 Comments

Oglaigh na h’Eireann is reaching a tipping point, a point of no return, in terms of recruitment, retention and falling numbers, writes Tom Clonan.

Wednesday 6 March, 2019

Tom Clonan: Who is responsible for the incendiary devices posted from Dublin to London this week?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: Who is responsible for the incendiary devices posted from Dublin to London this week?

Mar 6th 2019, 6:30 PM 22,763 Views 25 Comments

This is precisely the same type of incendiary device used by a dissident republican group in recent years but it could also be a lone wolf, writes Tom Clonan.

Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Opinion: The Derry car bomb is part of a dissident republican resurgence over the last decade
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The Derry car bomb is part of a dissident republican resurgence over the last decade

Jan 22nd 2019, 7:00 AM 15,011 Views 26 Comments

The suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly coupled with the rhetoric around a ‘hard border’ has given oxygen to groups like the New IRA, writes Tom Clonan.

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Tom Clonan: 'If cool heads prevail, the Kerch situation should not escalate ... but we don't live in a time of cool heads'
# Crimea
# Crimea

Tom Clonan: 'If cool heads prevail, the Kerch situation should not escalate ... but we don't live in a time of cool heads'

Nov 27th 2018, 12:05 AM 15,508 Views 66 Comments

How the Russia-Ukraine naval clash may play out in a Trump and Brexit world.

Friday 5 October, 2018

Access to emergency departments in rural Ireland can be hard - so why don't we have an air ambulance service?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Access to emergency departments in rural Ireland can be hard - so why don't we have an air ambulance service?

Oct 5th 2018, 7:00 AM 14,181 Views 36 Comments

Security expert Tom Clonan raises concerns about why Ireland is one of the last EU member states not to have an air ambulance service.

Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today
# Column
# Column

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today

Sep 19th 2018, 7:00 AM 28,973 Views 69 Comments

Dr Tom Clonan outlines his reasons for protesting at Leinster House today.

Tuesday 27 March, 2018

'Ireland needs to invest in its neutral status - is expelling a Russian diplomat the best way?'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Ireland needs to invest in its neutral status - is expelling a Russian diplomat the best way?'

Mar 27th 2018, 8:30 PM 19,635 Views 227 Comments

Security expert Tom Clonan raises concerns about Ireland’s security and intelligence capacity and the strategic importance of our neutrality.

Wednesday 7 March, 2018

36 hours alone in a bed without so much as a hot drink: lessons to be learned from Storm Emma
# Opinion
# Opinion

36 hours alone in a bed without so much as a hot drink: lessons to be learned from Storm Emma

Mar 7th 2018, 8:15 PM 77,931 Views 28 Comments

The emergency effort co-ordinated by the NECC was impressive, writes Tom Clonan, but there is still a learning curve in reaching out to all vulnerable people.

Friday 23 February, 2018

How arming teachers would increase the risk of school shootings, not prevent them
# Opinion
# Opinion

How arming teachers would increase the risk of school shootings, not prevent them

Feb 23rd 2018, 7:00 AM 27,403 Views 61 Comments

“The US President’s big idea, straight from the NRA’s playbook, is also a sinister one.”

Thursday 28 December, 2017

'An attack is a distinct possibility in Ireland in 2018 - our security is provocatively weak'
# Column
# Column

'An attack is a distinct possibility in Ireland in 2018 - our security is provocatively weak'

Dec 28th 2017, 7:00 AM 8,737 Views 100 Comments

In terms of asymmetric threats and terrorism, the outlook is bleak, writes Tom Clonan.

Monday 27 November, 2017

Tom Clonan on the Maurice McCabe email: 'I suffered a similar campaign of character assassination'
# Whistleblowers
# Whistleblowers

Tom Clonan on the Maurice McCabe email: 'I suffered a similar campaign of character assassination'

Nov 27th 2017, 11:50 AM 65,999 Views 85 Comments

Ethical action and moral courage are what we ought to expect and require of our elected representatives, writes Tom Clonan.

Friday 24 November, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'A land border would be provocative and divisive while Stormont is suspended'
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Tom Clonan: 'A land border would be provocative and divisive while Stormont is suspended'

Nov 24th 2017, 7:00 AM 11,311 Views 49 Comments

Elements of the current debate on a hard border between Ireland and Britain resemble a perfect storm in security and defence terms, writes Tom Clonan.

Friday 11 August, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'I've had enough. We need a campaign for our brothers and sisters disabled by our State'
# Disability
# Disability

Tom Clonan: 'I've had enough. We need a campaign for our brothers and sisters disabled by our State'

Aug 11th 2017, 6:30 AM 26,485 Views 44 Comments

Is Leo Varadkar – Taoiseach for those who “get up early in the morning” – prepared to vindicate the rights of early risers like my son, asks Tom Clonan.

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