“There is the similar case of Fr. Niall Molloy, the family of whom have submitted freedom of information requests to the Department of Justice and Equality about the investigation into his murder in 1985. After two months the Department responded with inaccurate information and the family must appeal to seek more information. The Minister has not met them. The previous Minister appointed Mr. Dominic McGinn to look into the case, but he has not yet issued his report. We were told this would be done in the summer.
These two cases are high profile, but there are 200 other people whose case are not high profile. However, they are just as important in terms of injustice. They do not know the people on the panel and how the Minister picked them. They have no right to talk to them. Some of the documents submitted which I have seen are inadequate, but some of the people involved do not have the wherewithal to express themselves them in the clear legalistic manner required. They would benefit from meeting someone to discuss their case.”
Clare Daly TD
A request by the family for information from the Department of Justice has come back after two months with information only relevant to the years 2010 -2014.We had naturally requested information going back to the time of Niall’s murder in 1985. No explanation has been given for excluding the previous 25 years.
We are now in the position where we have to lodge an appeal to obtain information which is our legal right to have under the Freedom of Information Act.
We have made similar requests to other relevant Government Departments and they have all responded with information dating back to 1985 and even earlier.Why is the Department of Justice holding back ?
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