Book of Evidence contradicts important witness statement

In the opening pages of the Book of Evidence a key witness who was present in Kilcoursey house is dismissed as not important because he was not in the house at a certain time that evening.

This comment made by a senior Garda Completely contradicts the witness’s own signed statement which is included later on in the report.

 

No one has picked up on this despite it having been examined again by Gardai, the DPP’s office, Dept.of Justice experts and Journalists who have reviewed the case.

Question from Denis Naughten T D

Department of Justice and Equality

Crime Investigation

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Independent)
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34. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to publish 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. [1273/15]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Justice and Equality; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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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. Mr McGinn has provided a report to my Department which is being considered in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, including in relation to the question of its publication. This consultation is ongoing.