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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 18,755 Views 15 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 52,742 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 24,661 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 16,518 Views 34 Comments

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

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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 24,029 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 26,259 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 21,024 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 15,233 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 34,679 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 22,727 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 14,970 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 15,490 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 14,052 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 28,865 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 19,557 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 77,882 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 27,376 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 8,692 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 65,820 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 11,290 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 26,180 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.

Thursday 15 June, 2017

Why has the terrorism threat level not been raised here?
# Weakest Link
# Weakest Link

Why has the terrorism threat level not been raised here?

Jun 15th 2017, 9:30 PM 3,240 Views 92 Comments

There are moves afoot that show increased security here and Taoiseach Varadkar needs to further strengthen our hand.

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 818 Views 124 Comments

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

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 270 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.

Saturday 11 February, 2017

Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me - it punishes us
# Reprisal
# Reprisal

Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me - it punishes us

Feb 11th 2017, 6:00 AM 1,553 Views 49 Comments

Ireland treats whistleblowers differently to most other countries – as I found out, writes Dr Tom Clontan.

Tuesday 7 February, 2017

Tom Clonan: 'In all our years attending Temple Street, I have never before seen so many sick children and parents'
# Living On The List
# Living On The List

Tom Clonan: 'In all our years attending Temple Street, I have never before seen so many sick children and parents'

Feb 7th 2017, 8:00 PM 557 Views 65 Comments

There has been a steady, inexorable decline in Ireland’s health service over the past fifteen years, writes Dr Tom Clonan.

Tuesday 20 December, 2016

Tom Clonan: After a bloody year, all signs suggest 2017 will bring more of these lone wolf terror attacks
# Berlin
# Berlin

Tom Clonan: After a bloody year, all signs suggest 2017 will bring more of these lone wolf terror attacks

Dec 20th 2016, 7:57 PM 49 Views 54 Comments

The tragedy in all of this is the plight of millions of Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees, writes Dr Tom Clonan.

Thursday 17 November, 2016

Tom Clonan: 'It is possible that the US and Russia may carve up Syria and Iraq between themselves'
# Aleppo And Mosul
# Aleppo And Mosul

Tom Clonan: 'It is possible that the US and Russia may carve up Syria and Iraq between themselves'

Nov 17th 2016, 8:30 PM 45 Views 20 Comments

Both Aleppo and Mosul are being besieged by pro-government forces strongly supported by foreign air power but the media coverage is very different, writes Tom Clonan.

Thursday 10 November, 2016

Opinion: What can we expect from President Trump's defence policy? Working with Putin, for a start
# Peace Through Strength
# Peace Through Strength

Opinion: What can we expect from President Trump's defence policy? Working with Putin, for a start

Nov 10th 2016, 9:25 PM 44 Views 42 Comments

President Trump will be confronted by a wide range of long-standing security and terror threats, writes Tom Clonan.

Wednesday 2 November, 2016

Opinion: Ireland has no real plan to deal with the law and order vacuum we're facing on Friday
# Garda Strike
# Garda Strike

Opinion: Ireland has no real plan to deal with the law and order vacuum we're facing on Friday

Nov 2nd 2016, 6:20 AM 79 Views 69 Comments

The garda strike poses risks to ordinary citizens and businesses, as well as to Ireland’s reputation, writes Tom Clonan.

Wednesday 21 September, 2016

Tom Clonan: 2016 has become the year of the lone wolf attack carried out by angry young men
# Opinion
# Opinion

Tom Clonan: 2016 has become the year of the lone wolf attack carried out by angry young men

Sep 21st 2016, 9:00 PM 67 Views 76 Comments

Unless we address the issues of gun control, male violence, rage and alienation, we will see more and more lone wolf attacks, writes 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 178 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.

Tuesday 26 April, 2016

Invisible police and invisible politicians are the roots of Dublin's narco terror violence
# Gangland
# Gangland

Invisible police and invisible politicians are the roots of Dublin's narco terror violence

Apr 26th 2016, 8:00 PM 316 Views 70 Comments

During the Troubles, when TDs, Ministers and Judges were potential targets for attack the garda/army response was properly resourced and led, writes Tom Clonan.

Sunday 24 April, 2016

Republic of equals? My son, on a waiting list, twists in a wheelchair too small for his body
# Opinion
# Opinion

Republic of equals? My son, on a waiting list, twists in a wheelchair too small for his body

Apr 24th 2016, 8:30 PM 159 Views 89 Comments

Austerity and spending cuts have made second-class citizens of people with disabilities, writes Tom Clonan.

Monday 16 December, 2013

Extract: ‘Soldiers have an affinity with the detainees in Guantanamo. It would be bad to shoot them – it’ll be lethal injection’
# Opinion
# Opinion

Extract: ‘Soldiers have an affinity with the detainees in Guantanamo. It would be bad to shoot them – it’ll be lethal injection’

Dec 16th 2013, 7:00 AM 134 Views 26 Comments

The new book, Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy, charts Tom Clonan’s progression from soldier to academic and journalist and offers an honest and vivid account of life on and off duty.