Niall was beaten downstairs. He was brought upstairs to Richard and Theresa’s room and not his own bedroom which was on the same corridor. They rang Solicitor for advice. Solicitor advised them to clear the house. Aunt May was sent to bed.
Aunt May was last to see Niall alive downstairs ( Allegedly ) but surprisingly the Gardaí never took a statement from her. Also her statement was not included in the family statements handed into the Gardai by solicitor Liam Lysaght ( Who also acted for Niall )
Although May’s statement was dated 15/July /1985 it was not handed over to the Gardai until 13/aug/1985. Also her signature on statement is very different to signature she signed giving evidence at Inquest.
Aunty May Quinn ( Flynn ) was the oldest member of the Flynn family to reside in Kilcoursey House.
According to her statement she one of the last people to see Fr. Niall alive on the night he met his violent death. She claims to have spoken to him around midnight. He was on his way to bed and had a drink in his hand . Niall suffered from Ulcers and a glass of milk was found beside his bed.
Aunty May clearly states that she was the last person to go to bed that night.
” I went into my room , closed the door and went to bed. I didn’t hear anything else that night ”
Niall was dead by 1:00 in a room along the corridor from May’s room. There was allegedly an argument and a violent struggle. Over the next few hours hysterical Theresa Flynn had to be restrained . Theresa also had to be sedated by a Doctor despite the fact that she had been drinking and had taken a sleeping tablet.
Aunty May didn’t hear anything.
Numerous people arrived in cars from 1:00a.m. and there were a lot of people upstairs to visit the scene of the killing. A priest, Doctor, family members and a number of Gardai were all up and down the stairs during the night and Aunty May didn’t hear anything.
THERE IS NO RECORD OF THE GARDAI SPEAKING TO AUNTY MAY OR ASKING FOR A STATEMENT FROM HER Despite the fact that she had not left the house all day except to go to Mass in the Morning.
Her statement was not included in the “family statements” handed into the Gardai by family Solicitor Liam Lysaght. In fact her statement ( taken later) turned up at the Inquest but there is no record of when this was handed into the Gardai
At the inquest in 1986 May was on the witness stand . She stood by her statement and was asked by the Coroner to sign her statement. She obliged and as you can see her signature in the Coroner’s Court in no way matches her original signature on her statement taken by the family Solicitor. ( see below )
One member of the Flynn family who was present in the house the day Niall was murdered was NEVER interviewed by the Gardai.
Even more bizarre is the fact that the Flynn family statements handed in to the Gardai, and referred to in the McGinn Report, did not include a statement from the family member who said she had not left the house all that day or evening.