Tom Clonan, Independent Trinity Senator

Senator Tom Clonan signing in to the Seanad, upon being elected in March 2022.

Elected to Seanad Éireann in March 2022, Independent Senator Tom Clonan, a proud Trinity Graduate, has been tirelessly campaigning for the rights of children and adults with disability, gender equality, and Irish neutrality.

Tom Clonan Senator, his son Eoin and Duke the dog
Tom Clonan Trinity Senate Video

Proven Track Record – Tom Clonan Champion for Equality and the Rights of Others

Trinity Graduate, Academic and Journalist Dr. Tom Clonan

Tom Clonan – Champion for Justice & Equality – for Seanad Eireann

‘Proven Track Record – 25 Years Fighting for Justice & Equality’

Tom Clonan and supporters, Trinity College Dublin.
Tom Clonan and supporters, Trinity College Dublin.

Tom Clonan has been campaigning for the rights of others for over 25 years.  In 1995 – Decades before the #MeToo Movement – Tom showed up to fight for the rights of his female colleagues in the Irish Armed Forces.  As an Army Officer – Tom identified shockingly high levels of sexual violence against female soldiers including sexual assault and rape. Tom put everything on the line to fight systemic gender discrimination and violence against women in the Army, Navy and Air Corps.   His Doctoral Thesis prompted an Independent Government Enquiry which vindicated his findings. 

Tom Clonan’s campaign against gender-based discrimination and sexual violence in Ireland’s Armed Forces transformed the culture of one of Ireland’s oldest Institutions with regard to diversity, equality and dignity in the workplace.  Tom is a proven champion for women’s rights – a man long before his time. 

Tom was recognised for this ground-breaking work by the Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces and by Dublin City University.
Irish Times, 28 Nov 2019

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Tom Clonan And President of DCU, Brian Mac Craith
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Tom Clonan and Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett

Radio interview with Miriam O’Callaghan. Listen

For the past twenty years – Tom Clonan has been a tireless champion for the rights of children and adults with disabilities – like his son Eoghan.  Fighting for the rights of others – and succeeding – is not a campaign slogan for Tom Clonan.  It is what Tom Clonan does. Championing the rights of others – is in Tom’s DNA.   As a fellow Trinity Graduate – Vote Tom Clonan No. 1 for the Senate.  Put him in the Senate to fight for others.   Tom Clonan will work with all parties and Independents to vindicate the rights of everyone who needs healthcare and independent housing and living.

Eoghan Clonan and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Eoghan Clonan and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Eoghan Clonan and Micheal Martin
Eoghan Clonan and Micheal Martin

In 2020, Ireland is officially, the worst place in Western Europe to have a disability.  The worst time to be on a hospital trolley. 2020 is the worst time to be Homeless.  This Must End – This Must Change. 

Vote for Change in the TCD Senate Panel.  Vote Tom Clonan No 1  – Let’s Leave No-One Behind.

Tom Clonan and Senator David Norris
Tom Clonan and Senator David Norris

  • “Don’t assume it’s safe”
    Read Senator Tom Clonan’s contribution about old ammunition of explosive nature being found by civilians and how to react.
  • Housing, energy and women’s rights abuses
    Listen to Senator Tom Clonan’s contributions onthe RTÉ Late Debate about the state of the housing crisis and the energy market in Ireland and women’s rights abuses in Quatar.
  • Trinity Today – Meet Senator Tom Clonan
    Read the interview with Trinity’s newest Senator Tom Clonan in the latest edition of Trinity’s alumni magazine Trinity Today.
  • Is Russia planning on invading Ukraine?
    Tom Clonan: Is Russia planning on invading Ukraine? TheJournal.ie Jan 21st 2022 https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/russia-putin-and-biden-5660692-Jan2022/
  • Russia’s decision to locate off Ireland gives the two-fingers to the US, EU & NATO.
    Tom Clonan: Russia’s decision to locate off Ireland gives the two-fingers to the US, EU & NATO. The Journal.ie Jan 25th 2022 https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/russia-military-exercises-off-ireland-5664043-Jan2022/
  • The Irish Army Ranger Wing face a treacherous Kabul
  • Women of Honour Disclosures of Sexual Violence
    Irish Examiner – Tom Clonan, Army Researcher and Whistleblower who revealed shockingly high levels of sexual violence, sexual assault and rape, speaks out about the recent Women of Honour Disclosures of Sexual Violence – 21 years after Tom’s original research – a national and international scandal  https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40711799.html
  • Treat abuse as national emergency
  • Stefanie Preissner Podcast
    https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/basically-with-stefanie-preissner/id1509726673?i=1000532936478 https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/basically-with-stefanie-preissner/id1509726673?i=1000532936478
  • Taliban and Rights of Women and Girls
    https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/tom-clonan-analysis-what-is-happening-in-afghanistan-5524129-Aug2021/ https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/tom-clonan-analysis-what-is-happening-in-afghanistan-5524129-Aug2021/ https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/afghanistan-taliban-insurgency-5521546-Aug2021/ https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0818/1241545-afghanistan-taliban-ireland/
  • Government Communications During Covid
    https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/government-communication-around-covid-19-5199916-Sep2020/
  • HSE Covid ICU Guidelines and persons with disabilities
    Successfully Campaigning to have HSE Covid ICU Guidelines amended to protect the right to life-saving treatment for persons with disabilities https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0414/1130360-virus-disability/ https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/tom-clonan-coronavirus-5070735-Apr2020/
  • Fighting for Equality in a Republic of Equals
    Wonderful production by MarieAnn McLoughlin Dwyer – Fighting for Equality in a Republic of Equals. – RTÉ
  • Sunday with Miriam Interview
    Sunday with Miriam Interview – RTE Radio One – 8 Dec 2019