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Conflict & Trauma - Senator Tom Clonan and Peter Finn with Anne McHardy

Conflict & Trauma - Senator Tom Clonan and Peter Finn with Anne McHardy

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Senator Tom Clonan and Peter Finn in conversation with Susan McKay discussing conflict, war, trauma and its impact.

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Senator Clonan grew up in Finglas and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1987. He joined the army in 1989, serving as an army officer (captain) in Lebanon, Bosnia and in armed support operations in Ireland – prior to the paramilitary cease fires and Good Friday Agreement. Tom Clonan's deployment to the Lebanon was extremely violent and he witnessed at first hand the brutal murder of hundreds of innocent Lebanese men, women and children during the 1996 Israeli operation grapes of wrath.

As a consequence, Tom has a visceral understanding of the sordid nature of conflict and war. He understands the fear of the millions of refugees fleeing war and climate change across the middle east and north Africa. Tom believes in the crucial importance of Irish neutrality, the importance of climate actions to combat catastrophic climate change and of our moral and ethical duty to welcome refugees and migrants to our country with open arms. Tom is a University Lecturer in the Technological University in Dublin. He is a journalist – Irish Times Security Analyst (2001-2016) and Security Analyst and Columnist with the Journal.ie. He is also a respected broadcaster and commentator on international affairs.

Peter Finn was born in Omagh and brought up in the 1970s and 1980s in county Fermanagh. He moved to London and worked in teaching and the therapeutic community movement for many years. Having trained as a group analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the early 2000's peter has developed professional expertise in trauma, recovery and reconciliation through work in a wide variety of settings including the NHS and within the Irish community in London. More recently, Peter has worked with young asylum seekers to the UK who have experienced trauma and political violence. Peter has professional interests in trauma recovery, racism, the social unconscious and understanding the social determinants of illness and wellbeing.

Chair: Anne McHardy

Anne McHardy worked at the Guardian from 1974 to 1996, covering politics, education, social affairs and travel. From 1977 to 1980 she was the paper's Ireland Correspondent. From 1980 to 1992 she worked in the news desk, latterly as night news editor and in 1994 she became editor of the education section.

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