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:
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
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.
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 ?
Various TD’s and Government Ministers have been stating that the Molloy family are kept up to date. This is the latest letter I have received from the Department of Justice. Which as you can see does not say very much as usual. Is this what we are to expect from the new Minister for Justice.????? Things don’t seem to have changed much in the Department.
13 May, 2014
Dear Mr Maher,
I write to acknowledge receipt of your email and confirm the issue is being
investigated and a response will issue as soon as possible.
Private Secretary to the
Minister for Justice and Equality
Another letter today from the office of Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to a family member states that an examination is “nearing completion “.
Yet the Gardai have informed us on 4th. June that the file has been sent to the DPP. I had a similar email from the Department dated 5th.June.
Are we to conclude that incomplete files are sent to the DPP’s Office for consideration or simply that someone hasn’t kept our Minister for Justice up to date ?