Question in the Dáil yesterday 9th May by Finian McGrath TD
QUESTION NO: 163
DIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr.
by Deputy Finian McGrath
for WRITTEN on Thursday, 9th May, 2013.
* To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an
update on the delay of the cold case file given to the Garda Commissioner
on 11 March in relation to the Fr. Niall Molloy case..
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the examination surrounding the
circumstances of the death of Father Niall Molloy is almost complete and
that a report of this examination is expected to be submitted to the
Commissioner sometime this month. Upon receipt of a report from the
Commissioner I will review the situation.
I understand that the officers carrying out the examination 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 available through the submission of a
file by the Garda to the Director of Public Prosecutions, that persons
can be brought fully to account.
Therefore, I hope that the Deputy will agree that, in the first instance,
we need to allow the present Garda examination to proceed to its
conclusion, which, as I have indicated, will be shortly.