Fr Niall Molloy : Tom Brady in the Sunday Independent 20th August 2017

Tom Brady in the Sunday Independent 20th August 2017

FR NIALL MOLLOY

The acquittal of the late Richard Flynn of the killing of Father Niall Molloy sparked off a controversy that lasted for 30 years after the priest’s death.

Fr Molloy’s body was found in the home of the Flynns at Kilcoursey House in Clara, Co Offaly, on July 8, 1985.

Mr Flynn was charged with manslaughter and assault but at his trial, the late Judge Frank Roe directed the jury to find him not guilty on both counts.

The decision fuelled the nationwide interest in the case and created a flurry of rumours, none of them substantiated, about what had taken place that night in Kilcoursey House.

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Father Niall Molloy

Since then, further allegations were made about the events and the subsequent Garda investigation into the killing.

A senior counsel, Dominic McGinn, was appointed to take a fresh look and he concluded that, given the passage of time, the death of many witnesses and the reluctance of others to give evidence, it was unlikely that any further inquiry would have a reasonable prospect of establishing the truth.

Mr McGinn found that, in light of the confession made by Mr Flynn on a number of occasions to inflicting violence on Fr Molloy, the direct acquittal of Mr Flynn at his trial was extraordinary.

While much criticism had been directed at Judge Roe, a careful reading of an assessment by prosecution counsel of the evidence revealed the decision might have been partly attributable to concessions made by State Pathologist, the late Dr John Harbison, under cross examination, Mr McGinn said.

Gardaí ‘absolutely satisfied’ there was ‘full and proper investigation’ into deaths under review

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/gardai-absolutely-satisfied-there-was-full-and-proper-investigation-into-deaths-under-review-787163.html

 

Gardaí have moved to reassure the public that a review of homicides has found no discrepancy in the way they were investigated.

A review is underway into how a number of killings were classified – and fears have been raised that the figures could be incorrect, which would cause further problems for the beleaguered force.

A special investigation into 41 homicides is underway, with a report due to be delivered to the Policing Authority on Thursday.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said he is satisfied the crimes were properly investigated.

“There are some some minor issues in relation to the classification but the key and most important point in all of this is the investigation that was conducted,” he said.

“We have done an examination and what we call a triangulation between the data and the investigations conducted by the SIOs and we are absolutely satisfied that there was a full and proper investigation into each and every one of these deaths.”

Preliminary Post Mortem on Fr Niall Molloy

Fr Niall Molloy   PM July 8th July 1985

 

1 subdural Haemorrage associated with bruising to right eye socket

 

 

2 Slight enlargement of left ventricle of heart associated with a mild to moderate degree of atheroma of coronary arteries – insufficient to cause death.

 

OPINION

Death primarily the result of No 1 head injury

 

Pathological opinions on the cause of Pulmonary Oedema

 

 

No 2 Above might be at varience with a ‘ Cerebral Lung’ explanation e.g. inhalation of vomit , no evidence on clothes or at scene or heart disease – not severe.

 

Further investigation : Micropsy for evidence of hypertension

 

2 Neuropathological opinion on brain. Report in early August ‘85

 

Signed

 

( Harbison’s Signature 8th / July / 1985 )