When Mr.Shatter When ?

Wednesday 5th February


Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will replace his plans for a senior counsel review of the cold case inquiry into the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy with a proper independent public inquiry; and if he will meet Fr. Molloy’s family in relation to this matter. [5319/14]


Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter

The Deputy will be aware that arrangements are being put in train for Mr. Dominic McGinn, Senior Counsel, to carry out the proposed independent examination of the report of the Serious Crime Review Team relating to the Garda investigation into the death of Fr.Niall Molloy.


The terms of reference for the examination have been agreed with the Attorney General and are available on my Department’s website. They have also been furnished directly to a representative of the family of Fr. Molloy.


In accordance with the terms of reference, Mr. McGinn will be asked to do two things, namely–


– to prepare a report which can be put into the public domain on any issues of public interest which may arise from the report, having regard to the rights of all those involved, and


– taking into account existing mechanisms for the investigation of offences, to identify matters, if any, of significant public concern which would warrant examination by a further inquiry and in respect of which such further inquiry would have a reasonable prospect of establishing the truth.


Given that one of the objectives of the proposed examination is to identify whether there are matters of significant public concern that would warrant examination by a further inquiry and in respect of which such further inquiry would have a reasonable prospect of establishing the truth, I have no proposals at this time to change the above arrangements. Rather, my immediate priority is to allow the Senior Counsel to carry out his examination so that the maximum amount of information can be put into the public domain at the earliest possible date. I will, of course, give full consideration to any matters which are identified as a result of the examination.


While I do not believe that a meeting with family members of Fr. Molloy will serve to advance matters at this time, it is important to add that they have been kept appraised of developments in this matter.


Molloy family request to meet Minister Alan Shatter

Representatives of the Molloy family have today sent a request to Alan Shatter, Minister for Justice, for a meeting,  as soon a s possible, to discuss the case of the late Fr. Niall Molloy and the contents of Minister’s  recent statement.

Alan Shatter finally confirms DPP role

DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr. Shatter)
by Deputies
for ORAL on Thursday, 13th June, 2013.

41. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 8 of 20 June 2012, the position regarding the Garda review into the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy in Clara, County Offaly, in July 1985; if he will accede to the request by the family for an independent inquiry into the priest’s violent death; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Denis Naughten

50. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update of the cold case file given to the Garda Commissioner on 11 March in relation to the Fr. Niall Molloy case and the promised report on the matter..

– Joe Higgins

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the examination surrounding the circumstances of the death of Father Niall Molloy has been completed and that an investigation file has been forwarded for the attention of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The Deputies will appreciate that in these circumstances it would not be appropriate for me to comment further on this matter at this time.


Shatter sickened by ming’s ‘moral soapbox’

It comes after Mr Flanagan last week called An Garda Siochana “a corrupt police force”, and he further claimed yesterday that questions about the gardai went higher than penalty points.

“This goes to murder,” Mr Flanagan said, mentioning Fr Niall Molloy, the Roscommon priest beaten to death in 1985.