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

The Dail 2013


Dé Máirt, 29 Eanáir, 2013 Tuesday, 29th January, 2013


*557. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update on the inquiry into the Fr. Niall Molloy murder case. — Finian McGrath. [3892/13]

29/01/2013WRY02300575. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Serious Crime Review Team has finalised their enquiries into the case of the death of Fr. Niall Molloy; if an Garda Síochána has submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4237/13]
29/01/2013WRY02400Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 557, 574 and 575 together.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the examination surrounding the circumstances of the death of Father Niall Molloy is ongoing. The Commissioner has assured me that each and every line of inquiry is being or will be pursued. Upon receipt of a final report from the Com- missioner I will review the situation. I understand that the officers carrying out the examina- tion are continuing to keep the family members of the deceased updated on progress. While I fully appreciate the concerns of the family, in any case where criminal behaviour is suspected it is only through a Garda investigation, and where evidence of criminal wrongdoing is avail- able through the submission of a file by the Gardaí to the Director of Public Prosecutions, that persons can be brought fully to account. Therefore, I hope that the Deputies will agree that, in the first instance, we need to allow the present Garda examination to proceed to its conclusion.