OMG. Justice Minister meets Mairia Cahill but not Fr Molloy family

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald  meets with Miaria Cahill but will not meet with relatives of Fr Molloy. What is going on in this country ?

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/mairia-cahill-meets-justice-minister-as-pressure-mounts-on-sinn-fein-over-ira-abuse-scandal-30775360.html

Mairia Cahill meets Justice Minister as pressure mounts on Sinn Fein over IRA abuse scandal

JUSTICE Minister Frances Fitzgerald tonight held a meeting with abuse victim Mairia Cahill as the government considers the need for a cross border inquiry into the IRA sex abuse scandal.

Sources told independent.ie that the meeting, which took place in Leinster House, was organised at the request of Ms Cahill. The meeting between the minister and the Belfast woman was held as pressure mounted on Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to come clean on his knowledge of sex abusers being moved from the North. Read more:  Sex abuse in North finally ‘recognised’, says Mairia  Mr Adams claimed this week that a list of alleged offenders was posted into his letter box in West Belfast and that these names have been passed on to the gardai. But tonight, a spokesperson for the Taoiseach turned the heat on the Louth insisting it is “untenable for a person in the senior republican movement to say he doesn’t know” the whereabouts of individuals moved by the IRA. It’s understood that Mr Adams yesterday met Sinn Fein’s designated child protection officer, Meath councillor Joe Reilly. Read more: Gerry Adams claims list of alleged sex abusers posted in letter box  Mr Reilly was the individual who handed over the list of names that was allegedly placed in Mr Adams’s letter box in West Belfast. Senior government sources tonight queried whether Mr Adams would volunteer CCTV footage to gardai recorded on the the cameras installed at his home in Norfolk Parade just off the Glen Road. Queries to the Sinn Fein press office about the matter went unanswered.

New Garda Commissioner

Callinan did not respond to many of the letters and questions I put to him. Does that mean that the new Commissioner will deal with them or do I have to send them all over again ?

I won’t hold my breath  but I will keep you posted on any shift in policy from the new reformed Garda Siochana

Fr Molloy families anger at Dept.

http://www.boyletoday.com/fr-molloy-families-anger-at-deptartment/

 

Fr Molloy families anger at Dept.

A nephew of Roscommon priest Fr. Niall Molloy says he is “angry and upset” that the Department of Justice did not notify him that it has received a report examining the garda cold case files on the death of the Roscommon priest.

Bill Maher says he sent letters to the Justice Minister enquiring about the review, which was announced last year, but received no reply.

Frances Fitzgerald says she is considering the findings of the report by senior counsel Dominic McGinn in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General.

Fr. Molloy was found beaten to death in Kilcoursey House, Clara, Co. Offaly in July 1985 following a wedding.

Nobody has been convicted of his killing.

Mr Maher says the lack of communication is “discourteous”.

Naughten raises Fr. Molloy report with Justice Minister

Naughten raises Fr. Molloy report with Justice Minister

 

 

Naughten raises Fr. Molloy report with Justice Minister

Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in the Dáil today that she is now in possession of the report on the review of the files pertaining to the death of Fr. Niall Molloy.

Denis Naughten has again raised the issue in the Dáil, where he has on many occasions called on the Justice Minister to establish an independent inquiry into the priest’s violent death, a request that the family of Fr. Molloy have sought over a long number of years.

Responding, Minister Fitzgerald stated that the report “is being considered in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General”.

QUESTION NO: 106
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Ms. Fitzgerald)
by Deputy Denis Naughten
for ORAL on Tuesday, 18th November, 2014.

To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality when she expects to receive the review of the file on the death of Fr. Niall Molloy in Clara, County Offaly, in July 1985; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Denis Naughten

REPLY.
As the Deputy will be aware, Mr. Dominic McGinn, Senior Counsel, was appointed to carry out an independent examination of the report of the Serious Crime Review Team relating to the Garda investigation into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy. My Department has recently received a report from Mr. McGinn and this is being considered in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General.

Fr Molloy. Dail debate yesterday

[Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn] The Minister talks about public opinion. There is a significant public view that the Minister for Justice and Equality and her colleague, the Taoiseach, for reasons to do with political opportunism, embraced one particular case and ignored many families. Has the Minister or her predecessor, Deputy Alan Shatter, ever received correspondence from families alleging that their loved ones have been murdered or killed and that there was a cover-up or incompetence? If the Minister has received such correspondence, has she refused to meet the families in question?

Deputy Michael Creed: Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed When one is in a hole, one should stop digging.

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald In some of these cases, the families have concerns about serious crime. Any case involving allegations such as those the Deputy described has been referred to a review mechanism. I have made this very clear and the Deputy knows the facts. In such cases I have to take into account the fact that an independent panel has been established to investigate and review cases, examine correspondence and assess whether further action is needed. It is not appropriate for me, as Minister for Justice and Equality, to meet the families at the same time. I have made this clear to them and Members of the House who have corresponded with me about cases. As regards meeting people who believe they have been subject to injustices in the criminal justice system, there is a list of people whom I felt it was right to meet in the public interest. However, if there is another process in place, for example, in the case of Fr. Niall Molloy, it would be inappropriate for me to have parallel meetings at the same time. It would also be inappropriate for me to do so if court processes are under way, which is the case in a number of cases.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn I find the Minister’s response incredible. She is Minister for Justice and Equality. In the neighbouring jurisdiction an investigation was carried out by the PSNI and, unfortunately, the case did not go to court. It is under independent review regarding the DPP’s role in it. As the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland is investigating the matters involved, there is an independent review mechanism, yet the Minister could not get in quickly enough to make a public statement where there was a political opportunity to cast a slur against my party. I will not read the requests from the many families who allege their loved ones, in the State for which the Minister is responsible, were murdered and that there were cover-ups in their cases and who want to meet the Minister but cannot do so. Where is the consistency in how the Minister makes decisions on families? How can she so clearly make a statement on one case in the North of Ireland but engage in no commentary on cases in the State for which she is responsible? The accusations levelled against her by the families and many others were of blatant political opportunism and inconsistency in her approach to victims alleging the commission of the most heinous crime of murder in the State.

Death, Cover-Up And Martin Cahill

Death, Cover-Up And Martin Cahill

NEPHEW OF FR. NIALL MOLLOY ANGRY AT LACK OF COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILY AS COLD CASE FILE REVIEW FINISHED

http://www.midlandsradio.fm/news/molloy-local-clip-rcpk-em

 

 

NEPHEW OF FR. NIALL MOLLOY ANGRY AT LACK OF COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILY AS COLD CASE FILE REVIEW FINISHED

18th November 2014

A nephew of Fr. Niall Molloy says he is “angry and upset” that the Department of Justice did not notify him that it has received a report examining the garda cold case files on the death of the Roscommon priest.

Bill Maher says he sent letters to Justice Minister enquiring about the review, which was announced last year, but received no reply.

Frances Fitzgerald says she is considering the findings of the report by senior counsel Dominic McGinn in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General.

Fr. Molloy was found beaten to death in Kilcoursey House, Clara, Co. Offaly in July 1985 following a wedding.

Nobody has been convicted of his killing.

Mr Maher says the lack of communication is “discourteous”.

Bill Maher
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Family fury as minister gets review into priest’s death

http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2014/1118/ireland/family-fury-as-minister-gets-review-into-priests-death-298290.html

 

 

Family fury as minister gets review into priest’s death

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that she has received and is considering a report into the death of Co Roscommon priest, Fr Niall Molloy, almost 30 years ago.

Ms Fitzgerald has received a report from senior counsel Dominic McGinn, who was appointed almost a year ago to carry out an independent examination of facts in the case.

In 2010 the Garda serious crime unit re-opened the historic case but the two-and-a-half-year probe that followed failed to result in any new charges or prosecutions being brought.

Mr McGinn was appointed in December last year to examine the findings of the Garda cold case review.

Now Ms Fitzgerald has confirmed to the Dáil that the review is now completed and is being considered by her department and the attorney general.

“My department has recently received a report from Mr McGinn and is considering it in consultation with the office of the attorney general,” she told the Dáil last Thursday.

While welcoming the completion of the review, the family of Fr Molloy has expressed their disgust at the minister and her department’s failure to notify them of the completed report.

The Molloy family only learned of the completed report by chance when a family member stumbled on an online story about the review yesterday afternoon.

Henry McCourt, a nephew of Fr Molloy’s, said the family was appalled by the lack of communication.

The death of Fr Molloy at the home of his friends, Richard and Therese Flynn, in Clara, Co Offaly on July 8th 1985 has raised more questions than answers for almost three decades.

The historic case has led to questions about the initial Garda investigation, the criminal trial that followed in 1986, and subsequent allegations of a ‘cover-up’ involving several arms of the State.

 

 

FF CALLS FOR RELEASE OF FR NIALL MOLLOY REPORT

FF CALLS FOR RELEASE OF FR NIALL MOLLOY REPORT

Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins TD has called on the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to release the report she commissioned from Mr Dominic McGinn SC following his examination of the report of the Serious Crime Review Team into the Fr Niall Molloy murder.

Confirmation that the Minister has received a copy of the report came following a Parliamentary Question tabled by the Fianna Fáil representative.

Deputy Collins commented, “I welcome the fact that Mr McGinn has concluded his work and would call now on the Minister to brief Fr Molloy’s family and then publish his findings.  In her answer to my question, the Minister said that she was considering the report in consultation with the Attorney General.  While it is understandable that she will want to take advice on whatever has emerged from Mr McGinn’s work, there must not be any further delay in getting to the bottom of this case.

“With the decision to conduct a review, the Government has raised an expectation that further information will now be brought forward into the public domain about a case that has been the subject of much media speculation over many years.  Any undue delay in now briefing the family and then publishing the report would raise a real risk of increasing inaccurate speculation and undermining public confidence in the police and judicial systems.

“The family of Fr Niall Molloy deserve whatever further clarity this new report can bring.  They must not be kept waiting any longer for answers.”

http://www.fiannafail.ie/news/entry/11774/

The report is in

The Report Is In