Mattie McGrath TD – The Dáil 17/7/2013

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath We have a serious situation. I salute the Garda Reserve who give their time. They should be given the first chance to become recruited to the Garda Síochána if they are suitable.

The Garda Representative Association, GRA, has repeatedly called for impartiality in investigations. No one is hiding in that regard. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and its forerunner, with which I was involved, must restore trust with the Garda and people. I have seen on television that when a garda is involved in an accident in some cases a helicopter flies members of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to investigate. I accept there must be independence but I question the resources that are put into the commission. The investigations must be carried out in a proper manner. We must examine the situation. The Garda must be investigated by an independent body. The GRA has asked for that. However, when we see cases such as those of the late Fr. Niall Molloy and Shane Tuohy they spoil the whole atmosphere for the rest of the good gardaí. I have seen gardaí being abused at the front gate trying to protect us in this House from people who want anarchy on the streets. I salute the Garda and I support it. I have been involved in the community alert initiative all my life. A police force cannot operate without the support of the public. We must build trust.

The Dáil Today 16/7/2013

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath As we move towards the summer recess it is appropriate to raise one final time with the Taoiseach some of the key concerns I have put to him on the floor of the House but which have failed to receive any kind of meaningful response. Over the course of this Dáil session I have tried to engage with the Taoiseach on a number of extremely important issues such as the plight of the Omagh bomb victims, the ongoing denial of justice to the family of the late Fr. Niall Molloy, the refusal to meet or engage with the families of the Stardust tragedy and the pursuit of policies by this Government which have done nothing to reverse the horror of mass youth unemployment and emigration. Last, but not least, I wish to raise the Taoiseach’s heavy-handed approach to ramming through the so-called Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Instead of promised change-

TD quizzes Kenny in Dail over probe into priest death

GEMMA O’DOHERTY – 13 MARCH 2013TAOISEACH Enda Kenny was quizzed yesterday in the Dail on the Fr Niall Molloy case as momentum grows for an independent inquiry into the priest’s killing

 South Tipperary deputy Mattie McGrath called on Mr Kenny to fulfil a pre-election pledge by Fine Gael and Labour to hold an inquiry into the Roscommon cleric’s death.

The Independent TD said there was an “ongoing scandal surrounding the priest’s unresolved murder” and that “all of the evidence points to a high-level cover-up of his death involving all institutions of the State, including elements of the gardai, the judiciary, politicians, the health service and the Catholic Church”.

The TD said the case “was fundamental to the pursuit of justice in our country in 2013” and that the Government “had to get to the bottom of the sordid affair”.

Fr Niall Molloy (52) was beaten to death in the Offaly mansion of his friends Therese and Richard Flynn in 1985 after a society party attended by senior members of Fianna Fail.

Three neuropathologists who examined his brain said he was left bleeding for up to six hours before help was sought.

Mr McGrath told the Dail that the priest’s watch was cracked and stopped at 10.40pm, but that the gardai were not contacted until 3.15am.

“What was happening during these vital hours?” he asked.

Calling for a “short, sharp independent inquiry”, the deputy said the initial garda probe was “a total shambles”.

Mr Kenny said he would “bring the facts raised to the attention of Minister (Alan) Shatter,” who is currently on tour in the Middle East.