The Justice Minister has revealed that a senior counsel was paid more than €92,000 for carrying out a review of Roscommon priest Niall Molloy’s death.
The Castlecoote-based cleric was brutally killed in the Clara home of Richard and Theresa Flynn in July 1985, but no one was ever convicted of the crime.
Following continued claims that it was never thoroughly inspected, in February 2014 the government tasked Senior Counsel Dominic McGinn with reviewing the latest Garda investigation.
After his independent examination, Mr McGinn found in March 2015 that a further inquiry wouldn’t be warranted – a recommendation Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald accepted.
Responding to a parliamentary question from Dublin Bay North TD Tommy Broughan recently, the Minister revealed that the senior counsel was paid €92,250 for his task.
A Department of Justice spokesman said that the amount payable, made up of a fee of €75,000, with Vat at 23 per cent, was subject to sanction by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.