Tom Clonan, The Irish Times security analyst, will address a public meeting in Galway city next week, on the issue of Ireland and the arms trade. The meeting, organised by The Galway Alliance Against War, takes place on Wednesday November 4 at 8pm in Richardson’s, Eyre Square.
Peace veteran Margaretta D’Arcy told the Galway Advertiser: “In 2012 Ireland boasted a staggering €2.3 billion in arms exports. The present FG/Labour coalition wants that shocking figure to grow. Simon Coveney as Minister of Defence recently announced the Defence Forces are to begin 'product testing' of deadly weapon systems for the international war trade. Ireland has become a vital hub in the supply chain for the US, British, French, and Russian weapons manufacturers. IDA grants fund these sinister and secretive companies.”
Mr Clonan has been invited to give the expert’s view on these developments. Apart from his regular articles in The Irish Times, he also provides expert military and security analysis to RTÉ, the BBC, and Sky News.
The meeting is open to the public and admission is free. It is also part of the GAAW's campaign in the run-up to the 2016 General Election to oppose what it sees as the growth of the “war industry” in Ireland.