Nephew of Murdered Roscommon Priest Disappointed at Lack of Action by Justice Minister




A nephew of murdered Roscommon priest Father Niall Molloy says he’s disappointed at the lack of action taken on the case since a meeting with the Justice Minister last year.

Bill Maher and other members of the Molloy family met with Frances Fitzgerald last July, as they continue to seek answers into his death.

Fr Molloy’s nephew believes photos of the 52 year old’s body contradict witness statements taken during the investigation.

Nobody has been convicted in connection with his death which occurred at the home of Richard and Therese Flynn in Clara, Co Offaly, on July 8th, 1985.

Mr Maher is fearful that the issue will be lost as the election campaign gets underway:

Still waiting Minister Fitzgerald

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  

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.


Fr Niall Molloy…….Information denied

Information Denied

Fr Molloy and Freedom of Information Act.

A request by the family for information from the Department of Justice has come back after two months with information only relevant to the years 2010 -2014.We had naturally requested information going back to the time of Niall’s murder in 1985. No explanation has been given for excluding the previous 25 years.

We are now in the position where we have to lodge an appeal to obtain information which is our legal right to have under the Freedom of Information Act.

We have made similar requests to other relevant Government Departments and they have all responded with information dating back to 1985 and even earlier.Why is the Department of Justice holding back ?