Still waiting Minister Fitzgerald

QUESTION NO:  329
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)
by Deputy Denis Naughten
for WRITTEN on Tuesday, 10th November, 2015.  


 
 *  To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to her meeting with the family of a person (details supplied) in July 2015, if she will report on the progress to date on the issues raised at that meeting; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Denis NaughtenFr Niall Molloy  
REPLY.

As the Deputy will be aware, I agreed to reflect on the issues which the family in question raised at the meeting referred to, and I can advise him that I expect to contact the persons concerned directly in the near future.

 

Written question from Denis Naughten T.D.

QUESTION NO:  329
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)
by Deputy Denis Naughten
for WRITTEN on Tuesday, 10th November, 2015.  

 
 *  To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to her meeting with the family of a person (details supplied) in July 2015, if she will report on the progress to date on the issues raised at that meeting; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Denis NaughtenFr Niall Molloy  
REPLY.

As the Deputy will be aware, I agreed to reflect on the issues which the family in question raised at the meeting referred to, and I can advise him that I expect to contact the persons concerned directly in the near future.

 

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.

Denis Naughten T.D.http://denisnaughten.ie/2013/03/12/minister-expects-report-on-fr-molloy-case-shortly-–-naughten/

http://denisnaughten.ie/2013/03/12/minister-expects-report-on-fr-molloy-case-shortly-–-naughten/

 

 

 

 

Minister expects report on Fr. Molloy case “shortly” – Naughten

Monday 11th March 2013

 

 

Justice Minister Alan Shatter informed Denis Naughten in the Dáil last week that he expects to have the Garda report on the cold case review into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy “shortly”.

 

Denis Naughten, who has raised the issue in the Dáil on numerous occasions over the last decade, said: “This review has been on-going for the last 30 months and it was to have been on the Minister’s desk months ago.

 

“These delays are not good enough as it seems that the report into the Garda investigation is being dragged out to long finger any independent inquiry into the death of Fr. Molloy.

 

“The family of Fr. Molloy and the public as a whole have a right to answers and they have already waited too long to get them

 

“The Minister must ensure that this report is completed forthwith and a copy provided to the Molloy family as soon as possible,” concluded Denis Naughten.

 

ENDS.

 

Editor’s Note: Please find below copy of Dáil reply on the matter.

QUESTION NOS: 194 & 22

DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr. Shatter)

by Deputies

forORAL ANSWER on Wednesday, 6th March, 2013.

* 194. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if there will be an independent inquiry into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy in Clara, County Offaly..

– Finian McGrath

22. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 8 of 20 June 2012, the current status of the Garda review of the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy in Clara, County Offaly, in July 1985; if he will accede to the request by the family for an independent inquiry into the priest’s violent death; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Denis Naughten


REPLY.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the examination surrounding the circumstances of the death of Father Niall Molloy is almost complete and that a report of this examination will be submitted to the Commissioner in the coming weeks. Upon receipt of a report from the Commissioner I will review the situation.

I understand that the officers carrying out the examination 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 available 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 Deputy will agree that, in the first instance, we need to allow the present Garda examination to proceed to its conclusion.