DÁIL ÉIREANN 259
Dé Máirt, 29 Eanáir, 2013 Tuesday, 29th January, 2013
CEISTEANNA I gCOMHAIR FREAGRA Ó BHÉAL QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
*557. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update on the inquiry into the Fr. Niall Molloy murder case. — Finian McGrath. [3892/13]
29/01/2013WRY02400Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 557, 574 and 575 together.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the examination surrounding the circumstances of the death of Father Niall Molloy is ongoing. The Commissioner has assured me that each and every line of inquiry is being or will be pursued. Upon receipt of a final report from the Com- missioner I will review the situation. I understand that the officers carrying out the examina- tion are continuing to keep the family members of the deceased updated on progress. While I fully appreciate the concerns of the family, in any case where criminal behaviour is suspected it is only through a Garda investigation, and where evidence of criminal wrongdoing is avail- able through the submission of a file by the Gardaí to the Director of Public Prosecutions, that persons can be brought fully to account. Therefore, I hope that the Deputies will agree that, in the first instance, we need to allow the present Garda examination to proceed to its conclusion.
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It comes after Mr Flanagan last week called An Garda Siochana “a corrupt police force”, and he further claimed yesterday that questions about the gardai went higher than penalty points.
“This goes to murder,” Mr Flanagan said, mentioning Fr Niall Molloy, the Roscommon priest beaten to death in 1985.