Scannal! The Killing of a Priest

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Scannal! The Killing of a Priest

Fr. Niall Molloy

Fr. Niall Molloy

In the early hours of the 8th of July 1985, the Gardaí were called to a house outside Clara in Co. Offaly. There had been an incident. A priest was dead, lying on the floor of the Flynn’s bedroom. There were clearly signs of violence and a large bloodstain on the carpet.
But the question of what really happened to Fr Niall Molloy that night remains unanswered to this day.

As the story broke the following day the whole country was agog and rife with rumour. Had the owner of the house – Richard Flynn, caught his wife Therese and Fr Molloy in a compromising position? Therese & the Priest were childhood friends and business partners – Was it an argument over money?

Richard Flynn told Gardaí that he had been viciously attacked by his wife and the Priest, in a row over drink. He said he acted in self-defence, striking them both, the priest at least 3 times. He was charged with manslaughter and with causing actual bodily harm. The case seemed to have the all ingredients of a salacious paperback crime novel. A true 1980’s Irish Scandal.

Richard Flynn’s trial which was expected to last several days was over in just 3½ hours! The defence counsel claimed it was possible that Fr Molloy died due to heart failure and the presiding judge, Frank Roe, directed the jury to bring in a verdict of not guilty. Flynn was acquitted on all charges.

The family of Fr Molloy outraged at the outcome, started a campaign through the media and political lobbying. Great public disquiet was aroused & there were calls for a public inquiry. This was not to happen but Alan Dukes, then Minister for Justice, promised that the coroners inquest would be a ‘sworn public inquiry’.

Where the trial took only hours the inquest took place over 2 days. All the evidence available was thoroughly sifted. Richard and Therese Flynn both took the stand during the inquest but Richard Flynn couldn’t remember anything that happened after he had struck the priest and Therese Flynn remembered nothing of a fight, nothing at all about what happened. The jury deliberated for just thirteen minutes before coming back with the verdict sought by the Molloy family laywers. They found that Fr Niall Molloy died as a result of head injuries.

Scannal looks back at this amazing story which had the whole nation talking. Who was Fr. Niall Molloy and what was the relationship between him & Therese Flynn – with whom he bought and sold horses & land. The intriguing events leading up to the killing and following it – Missing wills and dodgy insurance claims added to the mystery and whiff of scandal which never really went away. Years later even “The General” – Martin Cahill played a walk-on part in the debacle when he stole the case files from the offices of the DPP – giving rise to the publication of sensitive documents in the Sunday Independent by the late crime journalist – Veronica Guerin..

Producer / Director : Tom Kelly
Reporter: Garry Mac Donncha

Dáil Speech Topical Issues 27/11/12 – Call for Public Inquiry into death of Fr Niall Molloy

 

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Dáil Speech Topical Issues 27/11/12 – Call for Public Inquiry into death of Fr Niall Molloy

November 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm  Leave a comment

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I thank the Ceann Comhairle’s office. I thank the Minister of State for being present to reply to the debate but am disappointed that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Shatter, did not see fit to attend this particular debate, given its significance.

On 8 July 1985, Fr. Niall Molloy was murdered. To date nobody has been brought to justice for that murder. There is a view, which I believe is sustained by the facts, that the cover up of that murder was aided and abetted by an omertà-style collusion between the most powerful forces in the State – the senior political establishment, the Judiciary, the Catholic Church, senior medical personnel and the Garda. For that reason alone, it is imperative that the Minister accedes to the request being made by me and Deputies Phelan and McGrath that an independent commission of inquiry be established. The Minister may well reply that the case is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Garda cold case unit. The family has communicated with the Garda Commissioner to indicate its members no longer have confidence in that inquiry. The level of mismanagement of this case by gardaí sustains their case and it is imperative that the Minister should now act on the issue.

There is an enormous amount of information in the public arena at this stage about mysterious fires in coroners’ offices, files being stolen from the Garda and deals done to retrieve those files, but we have no answers. Gardaí investigating gardaí – which in effect is what the cold case unit is doing – is not an appropriate way to proceed. It is very difficult in two minutes to do justice to the degree of mismanagement and the miscarriage of justice inherent in this case, but I urge the Minister to act. He is familiar with the facts; I have written to him on the issue. I urge him to accede to the family’s request for an independent commission of inquiry.

Minister rejects Molloy case cover up

Minister rejects Molloy case cover up

Minister rejects Molloy case cover up

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Fr Molloy questions strike at the heart of the criminal justice system- Flanagan

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Fr Molloy questions strike at the heart of the criminal justice system- Flanagan June 6th, 2013

Fine Gael Chairman Charlie Flanagan has said that there must be no delay in the handling of the Fr Nially Molloy file by the office of the DPP after a Garda file on the case was submitted to the office by the Serious Crime Review Unit.
“Whilst I very much welcome the latest developments, the mere transmission of a file to the DPP must not be seen as a vehicle for procrastination and delay. So often in the past the transmission of a file to the office of the DPP has provided fresh hope to the families of victims only to witness their hopes dashed by unacceptable delays”
“I would ask that the review of this file is afforded immediate priory within the office of the DPP and that the review is delivered within a strict timeframe. The statements of all available parties to the case must be carefully examined line by line as this case strikes at the very heart of the criminal justice system. A number of serious questions still remain unanswered in this case.”
“It is my hope that these latest developments will provide the answers that the family of the late Fr Niall Molloy have been searching for over a long period of time. A swift response from the office of the DPP can ensure that the delays up to this point will not be repeated”

Search for Will

Search for WillThere were problems in 1985 trying to locate a copy of Niall’s Will. There had been a burglary at his home and only private papers were stolen. The Bishop denied that he had a copy.

New information has now come to the family’s attention as to where there was a copy of Niall’s Will as well as the people who knew about it.P1020171

Fr Niall Molloy case mentioned by Clare Daly in the Dáil

“There is the similar case of Fr. Niall Molloy, the family of whom have submitted freedom of information requests to the Department of Justice and Equality about the investigation into his murder in 1985. After two months the Department responded with inaccurate information and the family must appeal to seek more information. The Minister has not met them. The previous Minister appointed Mr. Dominic McGinn to look into the case, but he has not yet issued his report. We were told this would be done in the summer.

These two cases are high profile, but there are 200 other people whose case are not high profile. However, they are just as important in terms of injustice. They do not know the people on the panel and how the Minister picked them. They have no right to talk to them. Some of the documents submitted which I have seen are inadequate, but some of the people involved do not have the wherewithal to express themselves them in the clear legalistic manner required. They would benefit from meeting someone to discuss their case.”

 

Clare Daly TD

Clare daly TD mentions Niall’s case in Dáil again

 

There is the similar case of Fr. Niall Molloy, the family of whom have submitted freedom of information requests to the Department of Justice and Equality about the investigation into his murder in 1985. After two months the Department responded with inaccurate information and the family must appeal to seek more information. The Minister has not met them. The previous Minister appointed Mr. Dominic McGinn to look into the case, but he has not yet issued his report. We were told this would be done in the summer.

These two cases are high profile, but there are 200 other people whose case are not high profile. However, they are just as important in terms of injustice. They do not know the people on the panel and how the Minister picked them. They have no right to talk to them. Some of the documents submitted which I have seen are inadequate, but some of the people involved do not have the wherewithal to express themselves them in the clear legalistic manner required. They would benefit from meeting someone to discuss their case.”

Clare Daly TD Oct 3rd 2014