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#TOM CLONAN

# tom-clonan - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Tom Clonan: 'My whistleblower journey in the Defence Forces has ended. I am back in from the cold'

Dr Tom Clonan met with the Defence Forces Chief of Staff today about a reconciliation process. ‘Unusually for Ireland, this whistleblowing story has a happy ending,’ he writes.

# tom-clonan - Tuesday 5 November, 2019

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

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

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed

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.

# tom-clonan - Friday 13 September, 2019

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

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

# tom-clonan - Monday 24 June, 2019

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

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

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 10 April, 2019

Opinion: 'Lisa Smith needs to be exploited to the maximum as an intelligence source on her return'

“While Smith was living with IS during 2016, 135 European citizens were slaughtered in 10 separate attacks that year,” security expert Tom Clonan writes.

# tom-clonan - Monday 8 April, 2019

Explainer: Why has a minor accident involving the Garda Commissioner attracted controversy?

Details of the accident at Garda headquarters emerged over the weekend.

# tom-clonan - Monday 31 December, 2018

'The threat posed by Islamist terrorism is waning dramatically... but what do we worry about next?'

Tom Clonan looks at the latest risk assessments around Europe.

# tom-clonan - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

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

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

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

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

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.

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 20 September, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'Leo knows we get up early in the morning to bathe, toilet & spoonfeed our loved ones'

We need to radically transform the narrative around disability and equality, writes Tom Clonan.

# tom-clonan - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?

It’s 10 years since Ireland signed the Convention. A decade on, the Republic stands as the only EU country which is yet to ratify it.

# tom-clonan - Friday 8 September, 2017

Tom Clonan: My dance debut tonight will bring me back to conflict's heart of darkness

‘My tour of duty as an Irish peacekeeper was brutal, violent and profoundly shocking. It changed me. I never came back.’

# tom-clonan - Tuesday 23 May, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'There was a level of support and pre-meditation to this sinister attack'

In Manchester, in attacking an Ariana Grande concert, the deliberately chosen target was children, writes Tom Clonan.

# tom-clonan - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

Tom Clonan: We need to talk about how unprepared we are for a terror attack

“In the new reality, the ordinary police on duty, or Gardai, will be required to close down such attacks.”

# tom-clonan - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

Tom Clonan: Noirín O'Sullivan's performance in recent days is simply not credible

The only response to this appalling breach of trust is for those in charge to consider their positions, writes Dr Tom Clonan.

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Tom Clonan: Truth of what happened in Troubles can't be allowed die with major figures like McGuinness

The untimely death of the Sinn Féin politician has brought Ireland’s faltering peace process into sharp focus, writes Tom Clonan.

# tom-clonan - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Tom Clonan: Nerve, blood and choking agents sending state-sponsored message of terror

VX is a weapon of incredible cruelty and terror, writes security expert Tom Clonan.

# tom-clonan - Friday 26 August, 2016

Tom Clonan: The Catholic Church can either reform itself after the Maynooth mess - or risk looking like a Fr Ted episode

Change is hard in big organisations – but the Catholic Church’s approach to the problems in Maynooth have been less than encouraging.

# tom-clonan - Thursday 18 August, 2016

Tom Clonan: Heavy bombers dropping 'full payload' have horrific effects on those below

More little boys like Omran Daqneesh will be butchered while the global implications of force projection are discussed in Moscow and Washington, security expert Tom Clonan writes.

# tom-clonan - Saturday 16 July, 2016

Isis sows seeds of inter-ethnic conflict to give its perverted ideology some sort of twisted logic

Security expert Tom Clonan writes from France, where he and his family were holidaying when Thursday night’s attack happened in Nice.

# tom-clonan - Sunday 26 June, 2016

Thanks to Brexit, the fragile peace in Ireland is under threat

Security expert Tom Clonan writes that a referendum on Northern Ireland may lead to sectarian tensions in the six counties.

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 25 May, 2016

What's missing in the gangland crisis? The political will to solve it

Security expert Tom Clonan writes that the government needs to do more to tackle the ongoing crisis.

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 18 May, 2016

Maurice McCabe was subjected to "whistleblower reprisal" - Irish style

The treatment of Sergeant Maurice McCabe shows us that the Ireland of 2016 remains a cold house for whistleblowers and truth-telling, writes security analyst Tom Clonan.

# tom-clonan - Friday 29 January, 2016

'Ireland’s gang killings are remarkably similar to ISIS murders'

That seems like an extreme statement but Tom Clonan has taken a look at the evidence.

# tom-clonan - Sunday 17 January, 2016

In this Irish Cancer Society debacle, let's remember they provide services that our government should

Ireland is the only EU country that relies on charity and philanthropy to provide essential services to our most seriously ill citizens, writes Tom Clonan.

# tom-clonan - Thursday 31 December, 2015

My simple New Year's wish is for my son to live in a truly equal Ireland

One of my boys, Eoghan, suffers from a rare neuromuscular disease. He cannot walk. As a parent, I am becoming increasingly concerned for his future. What will happen to him when I die?

# tom-clonan - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Leo: If there was an overnight fix for the health service I would've implemented it

I’ve been in this job for 18 months and I can say with absolute certainty that if there was an overnight fix, I would have implemented it on day one, Leo Varadkar writes.

# tom-clonan - Monday 28 September, 2015

'My son will never live independently. I fear for his future when I'm dead'

Dr Tom Clonan, a security analyst and former army captain, is running for the Seanad.

# tom-clonan - Friday 30 November, 2012

Extract: Black humour, Scud-Burgers, bitter coffee - life in the Lebanon

In his new book, Tom Clonan details the ups and downs of his tour of peacekeeping duty in Lebanon in the 1990s and how ‘Mary Robinson wears no knickers’ becomes a common greeting…