Letters to Commissioner Callinan

 

 10th Jan 2012

Commissioner Callinan,

Garda H Q

Phoenix Park 

Dear Commissioner Callinan,

Three weeks ago, the Irish Independent contacted your press office regarding extremely grave claims about the murder of my uncle Fr Niall Molloy (Clara, Co Offaly, 08/07/1985) made by crime reporter Paul Williams.  

In his new book Badfellas, he states that the Gardai did a deal with convicted criminal John Traynor to drop charges against him after he returned the Garda file on my uncle’s case.    

This was because, as Mr Williams states, the file contained notes and statements that certain people in power did not want in the public domain. 
To date, you have failed to furnish the Irish Independent with a response, as is the case with all of the queries that newspaper has sent to you regarding your force’s handling of this appalling case.

So on behalf of my entire family and my late uncle, I am now calling on you to answer these charges against the Garda Siochána.

Is it the case that the country’s leading crime reporter, Penguin Ireland, and his legal team have got it wrong when they cast such shameful allegations on your police force? Or does their theory explain why almost 27 years on, your organisation has failed to bring those responsible for our uncle’s brutal murder to justice?  

We also wish to express our utter dissatisfaction at the year-long ‘examination’ of this case by the Serious Crime Review Unit, and the fact that vital evidence has still not been obtained by Det Supt Christy Mangan and his team. 
We had a most disappointing meeting with him in November which left us with a distinct impression that the Gardai had no intention of pursuing the case with any sense of speed, professionalism or determination.   

You must be aware that this case refuses to go away and for good reason. Until such time as both justice and the truth are delivered to our family, it will not.  

We, and most importantly, our beloved uncle Niall who was brutally beaten to death, have been utterly failed by the Irish Criminal Justice system.I’m sure you would want your legacy to be one in which all of the victims of homicide and the bereaved families of Ireland were treated with equality and dignity under your watch.

We hope that under your watch, our basic right to justice will finally be granted. After all, it is nothing more than we deserve.

We look forward to meeting you, at your earlier convenience, to discuss the matters I have mentioned above.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Bill Maher.

1st February 2012

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

An Garda Siochana,

Phoenix Park,

Dublin 8.

Dear Commissioner Callinan,

Re: Murder of Reverend Father Niall Molloy C.C., late

of Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon on 8th of July 1985.

I refer to my letter of the 10th of January last in relation to this matter, a copy of which

I attach hereto.

I am most disappointed that I have not heard from you in response, specifically in

response to the allegation contained in the book recently released by Paul Williams to

the effect that An Garda Siochana reached an agreement with well known criminal

John Traynor not to prosecute him in return for the safe return of the Garda file on my

uncle’s murder so as to prevent certain details of the file getting into the public

domain.

This clearly is a very serious allegation which goes to the very root of the matter and

calls into question the entire process surrounding this appalling tragic case.

I understand that Messrs. Mantons, Solicitors, Fethard, Co. Tipperary have recently

received correspondence from Detective Garda Malachy Dunne of the National

Bureau of Criminal Investigation seeking an update on the extraction of a De Bonis

Non Grant of Administration in the estate of Father Molloy, to which I understand

Messrs. Mantons have responded suitably.

Please note that I have written to Mr. Alan Shatter T.D. Minister for Justice and Law

Reform seeking a Commission of Investigation into this entire matter, and I do not

intend to enter into any further correspondence whatsoever with An Garda Siochana

until at the very least the above mentioned allegation has been formally denied by the

Gardai.

Kindly note.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Maher.

6th. September 2012

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

An Garda Siochana,

Phoenix Park,

Dublin 8.

Dear Commissioner Callinan,

Re: Murder of Reverend Father Niall Molloy C.C., late

of Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon on 8th of July 1985.

I refer to my letters of the of January 10th  and February 1st.  2012 , neither of which  have been replied to. In addition I have made three telephone calls to your Office.

I am disappointed that you have not responded, to the allegation contained in the book  released by Paul Williams to the effect that An Garda Siochana reached an agreement with well known criminal John Traynor not to prosecute him in return for the safe return of the Garda file on my uncle’s murder so as to prevent certain details of the file getting into the public domain.

In my last telephone call to your office I was informed that you were waiting for a report on the matter from operational staff. However in a recent meeting with Detective  Superintendent Paadric Kennedy he made it quite clear that he could make no comment on the allegation and it was a matter for the Commissioner.

I have been informed that a full report has been finialised  and submitted to you some weeks ago.

My family have waited 27 years for action on my Uncle’s Murder and we don’t understand why ,in the light of new evidence and Medical reports, that there seems to be no sense of urgency in dealing with this matter

Yours sincerely,

Bill Maher.

My Email  21/ May/ 2013

  Dear Commissioner Callinan,

   I  sent this email to you over a week ago. To date I have not received either a reply or the courtesy of  an acknowledgement.

   This is not the first time I have had to contact your office for a reply to my letters.
   Regards,
   Bill Maher


Dear Sirs,


In a reply to a question in the Dáil yesterday, from Finian McGrath T.D., Minister Shatter replied  “I understand that the officers carrying out the examination are continuing to keep the family members of the deceased updated on progress.”
 
The Minister is mistaken, this is not the case. We are NOT being kept up to date on progress in the case. 
 
Regards,
 
Bill Maher
Nephew of Fr.Niall Molloy

My email sent 14 / 8 / 2013


Dear Commissioner Callinan,

Attached letter which I sent you in January 2012 and you have not given me the courtesy of an answer to the issue raised. The Gardai are no longer involved, I am informed, into the investigation of “issues raised” and the DPP are, now, not bringing any charges.

 

You are now totally free to answer my question, as you were over the last year, because Detectives Mangan  and Padraig Kennedy have all along informed me that my question about Martin Cahill  and “the Deal “was never a part of their investigation. I understand that you will be will also be getting a letter from Padraig Kennedy outlining my frustration at your lack of response. I personally find your treatment of my letters  extremely insulting and I would expect a more from someone who is head of our National Police Force.

 

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