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Tom Clonan: Last night's attack in Vienna shows Islamic State is regrouping and shifting focus
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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: 'My whistleblower journey in the Defence Forces has ended. I am back in from the cold'
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Tom Clonan: 'My whistleblower journey in the Defence Forces has ended. I am back in from the cold'

Nov 28th 2019, 12:05 PM 44,161 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.

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

Nov 5th 2019, 7:00 AM 24,060 Views 54 Comments

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

Grave effects of Trump abandoning Kurdish allies evolving at bewildering speed
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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.

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

Sep 13th 2019, 6:20 AM 21,086 Views 19 Comments

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

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

Jun 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 15,308 Views 17 Comments

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

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

Apr 10th 2019, 7:00 AM 26,428 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.

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

Apr 8th 2019, 5:45 PM 48,053 Views 77 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 27th 2018, 8:30 PM 19,568 Views 227 Comments

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

36 hours alone in a bed without so much as a hot drink: lessons to be learned from Storm Emma
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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: 'Leo knows we get up early in the morning to bathe, toilet & spoonfeed our loved ones'
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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.

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

Sep 19th 2017, 12:05 AM 19,549 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: My dance debut tonight will bring me back to conflict's heart of darkness
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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: 'There was a level of support and pre-meditation to this sinister attack'
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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: We need to talk about how unprepared we are for a terror attack
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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: Noirín O'Sullivan's performance in recent days is simply not credible
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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: Truth of what happened in Troubles can't be allowed die with major figures like McGuinness
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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: Nerve, blood and choking agents sending state-sponsored message of terror
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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: The Catholic Church can either reform itself after the Maynooth mess - or risk looking like a Fr Ted episode
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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 196 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: Heavy bombers dropping 'full payload' have horrific effects on those below
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Tom Clonan: Heavy bombers dropping 'full payload' have horrific effects on those below

Aug 18th 2016, 7:02 PM 64 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.

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

Jul 16th 2016, 6:00 AM 56 Views 79 Comments

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

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

Jun 26th 2016, 7:00 AM 195 Views 91 Comments

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

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

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

May 18th 2016, 9:00 PM 395 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.

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

Jan 29th 2016, 5:09 PM 874 Views 98 Comments

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

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

Jan 17th 2016, 8:00 AM 613 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.

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

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

Nov 17th 2015, 8:00 AM 97 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.

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

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

Nov 30th 2012, 8:30 PM 499 Views 16 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…