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Tom Clonan Seanad win welcomed by disability campaigners

Independent candidate Tom Clonan has won the Seanad byelection for the University of Dublin constituency.

Clonan, a former Army officer, is a security analyst and a strong defender of Irish neutrality who served in the Defence Forces and as a peacekeeper in Lebanon. He became a whistleblower regarding incidents of rape and sexual assault in the Defence Forces interviewing female members of the Army Forces regarding harassment and sexual assault.

He has become best known in recent times as a disability campaigner, arguing that the sector needs to campaign for a “radical, rights based approach to disability”.

His son Eoghan has a rare neuromuscular condition called Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease, and worked as his father’s Campaign Manager during the Seanad race.

Clonan’s victory was widely welcomed by disability campaigners.

 

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