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#TOM CLONAN

# tom-clonan - 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 18,793 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.

# tom-clonan - Thursday 28 November, 2019

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

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

Nov 28th 2019, 12:05 PM 44,155 Views 70 Comments

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'
# 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 24,056 Views 54 Comments

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
# TOM CLONAN
# TOM CLONAN

Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed

Oct 16th 2019, 6:20 AM 26,260 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.

# 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 21,084 Views 19 Comments

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
# TOM CLONAN
# TOM CLONAN

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

Jun 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 15,306 Views 17 Comments

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'
# Column
# Column

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

Apr 10th 2019, 7:00 AM 26,427 Views 119 Comments

“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?
# Garda Scandal
# Garda Scandal

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

Apr 8th 2019, 5:45 PM 48,044 Views 77 Comments

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?'
# Global Terrorism Index
# Global Terrorism Index

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

Dec 31st 2018, 9:30 PM 23,041 Views 39 Comments

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?'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Mar 27th 2018, 8:30 PM 19,567 Views 227 Comments

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
# 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 77,892 Views 29 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.

# tom-clonan - Wednesday 20 September, 2017

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

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

Sep 20th 2017, 9:00 PM 17,437 Views 42 Comments

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?
# Long Time Coming
# Long Time Coming

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

Sep 19th 2017, 12:05 AM 19,546 Views 46 Comments

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
# Fringe Festival
# Fringe Festival

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

Sep 8th 2017, 6:00 PM 8,626 Views 23 Comments

‘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'
# Column
# Column

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

May 23rd 2017, 8:30 PM 134 Views 62 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 18th 2017, 8:30 PM 825 Views 124 Comments

“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
# Accountability
# Accountability

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

Mar 28th 2017, 7:30 PM 277 Views 57 Comments

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
# Truth Commission
# Truth Commission

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

Mar 22nd 2017, 8:51 PM 312 Views 59 Comments

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
# North Korea
# North Korea

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

Feb 25th 2017, 7:00 AM 77 Views 11 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Aug 26th 2016, 6:02 PM 195 Views 78 Comments

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
# Indiscriminate And Criminal
# Indiscriminate And Criminal

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

Aug 18th 2016, 7:02 PM 63 Views 97 Comments

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
# France
# France

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

Jul 16th 2016, 6:00 AM 55 Views 78 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jun 26th 2016, 7:00 AM 194 Views 91 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

May 25th 2016, 8:23 PM 112 Views 48 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

May 18th 2016, 9:00 PM 393 Views 63 Comments

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'
# Narco Terrorism
# Narco Terrorism

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

Jan 29th 2016, 5:09 PM 871 Views 99 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jan 17th 2016, 8:00 AM 612 Views 42 Comments

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
# TOM CLONAN
# TOM CLONAN

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

Dec 31st 2015, 8:00 PM 88 Views 15 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Nov 17th 2015, 8:00 AM 95 Views 112 Comments

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'
# Seanad Bid
# Seanad Bid

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

Sep 28th 2015, 9:15 PM 20,991 Views 17 Comments

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
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Nov 30th 2012, 8:30 PM 495 Views 17 Comments

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…