Kelly and Whelan call for independent inquiry into the death of Fr. Molloy

Kelly & Whelan call for independent inquiry into the death of Fr. Molloy

6 March 2013

Statement by Senator John Kelly
Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht Affairs, Training & Skills

Senators John Kelly and John Whelan have renewed their call for an independent inquiry into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy, in Clara, Co. Offaly in 1985.

“There is an urgent need for justice, accountability and transparency, as well as much needed closure for the two families involved, and indeed the community at large, and as such we are calling for the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to open an independent inquiry into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy.

“There remains considerable public disquiet surrounding this brutal killing, even though many years have passed. We believe that in the interest of justice, the case must be looked at again. We feel that this sorry saga is a blight on our criminal justice system, and that if it had happened to an Irish national in any other country, we would be rightly incensed and actively demanding answers.

“It is quite obvious, that there are people out there who do know exactly what happened that night in Richard Flynn’s house in Clara, in 1985, and they still have the opportunity to come forward and ensure that justice is served.

“We are holding a briefing in Leinster House today to inform other Oireachtas members and the press, of the details of the saga, and also to ask for their assistance in applying pressure for an independent inquiry to be held as soon as possible.

“Dr. Kate Flynn, a leading academic in justice issues and niece of Richard Flynn will speak the event, as well as Gemma O’Doherty of the Irish Independent, who has researched and written extensively on the circumstances surrounding the death of Fr. Molloy.  Other speakers include witnesses with vital information about the background to the killing, and   relations of Fr. Molloy.”

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