Fine Gael Roscommon/South Leitrim TD, Frank Feighan, has said that a pending independent review of the Fr Niall Molloy case may help the family’s long search for answers since his violent death in 1985.
“I welcome the announcement by the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, that a Senior Counsel will now review the Gardaí’s report produced earlier this year into the death of Fr Molloy. As Minister Shatter has stated, the presence of an independent person into consideration of this matter will ensure transparency.
“I also welcome the fact that the Senior Counsel who will carry out this review will be asked to prepare a report which can be put into the public domain on any issues of public interest which may arise.
“This person will identify whether there are matters of significant public concern arising from this examination. It will also be determined whether any form of further inquiry, aside from the criminal investigation, would have a reasonable prospect of establishing the truth and would be warranted in the public interest.
“I hope that this independent review will help the family of the Roscommon priest in their 30 year search for answers. The family have agonised over his violent death for three decades and I hope this review can help shed further light on this terrible tragedy.”