It is my instinct to have limited sympathy here. He appears to have joined the Free State Army around 15 years after what happened to Hefferon and Kellyhttp://www.thedetail.tv/articles/if-it- ... government
When he enlisted how could Tom Clonan have known what happened during the Arms Trial and who was on the side of honesty and decency? The entire mechanisms of the State was used to destroy those men and to blacken their names.
Anyway, shame that article couldn't get his name right. Colonel Michael Heffernan was one of the finest men this country ever produced, and I think it's fair to trace a continuum from the the way he and his family was treated to the way Tom Clonan was treated, to the way all the current whistleblowers are being treated (McCabe, Harrison, Wilson, Jonathan Sugarman etc etc, and indeed the hundreds of other people who have been destroyed through the years for standing up for decency.