Security analyst Tom Clonan is the country’s newest senator as he is deemed elected in tonight’s final count of the Seanad Trinity.
r Clonan will fill Ivana Bacik’s seat at Dublin University in the Seanad, which remained vacant after she was elected to the Dáil in last year’s Dublin Bay South by-election.
This was his third time running for the Seanad seat at Dublin University.
He went head-to-head in a close race with former Dublin Mayor Hazel Chu and psychologist Maureen Gaffney, as well as former Irish rugby star Hugo MacNeill.
However, Mr MacNeill, who is married to Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, dropped out late in the race, leaving Mr Clonan, Cllr Chu and Ms Gaffney.
After benefiting from transfers, Cllr Chu was later eliminated and Mr. Clonan won the seat in 16th and final place.
dr Clonan had a total of 5,358 votes in the final count and Dr. Gaffney had 5,198 votes.
However, Mr Clonan was not present at Trinity College’s counting center to see his election.
The security analyst is best known as a columnist and broadcaster who appears on many national shows and is a former army captain.
He teaches political communication and forensic research methodology to Masters students at the Technological University of Dublin (TUD).
He is credited with exposing sexual abuse in the Defense Forces in 2000 while pursuing his doctorate as a serving member of the Armed Forces when he exposed a culture of discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual assault against female members.
From September 1998 to February 2000, Tom interviewed 60 women soldiers – 59 of the 60 women interviewed reported a catalog of discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual harassment and physical harm.
Another 12 of the 60 women interviewed said they had been sexually assaulted at work, ranging from touching to attempted rape and rape.
The reports of attacks were made by privates, non-commissioned officers and officers.
The details of his investigation were later first published in the Sunday World.
He lives in Booterstown, Dublin, with his family and four children.
His son Eoghan has a rare neuromuscular disease and Dr. Clonan has championed disability issues as his son does not identify as “disabled” or “visually impaired” despite being legally blind and a wheelchair user.
He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1987 and is from Finglas in Dublin.
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