The Justice Minister has revealed that a senior counsel was paid more than €92,000 for carrying out a review of Roscommon priest Niall Molloy’s death.
The Castlecoote-based cleric was brutally killed in the Clara home of Richard and Theresa Flynn in July 1985, but no one was ever convicted of the crime.
Following continued claims that it was never thoroughly inspected, in February 2014 the government tasked Senior Counsel Dominic McGinn with reviewing the latest Garda investigation.
After his independent examination, Mr McGinn found in March 2015 that a further inquiry wouldn’t be warranted – a recommendation Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald accepted.
Responding to a parliamentary question from Dublin Bay North TD Tommy Broughan recently, the Minister revealed that the senior counsel was paid €92,250 for his task.
A Department of Justice spokesman said that the amount payable, made up of a fee of €75,000, with Vat at 23 per cent, was subject to sanction by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
The nephew of Fr Niall Molloy says he’s obviously disappointed, but not totally surprised, at the results of an independent examination of a garda review into the death of his uncle in Offaly 30 years ago.
The independent examination which is published this afternoon has found that a further inquiry is not warranted.
Father Niall Molloy was found dead in the Clara home of Richard and Therese Flynn in July 1985.
Richard Flynn was subsequently acquitted of manslaughter.
Following newspaper claims that the crime was not thoroughly investigated, the Garda’s Serious Crime Review Team reviewed the case, and a file was sent to the DPP, but the office directed no prosecutions.
Following continued concerns expressed by Mr Molloy’s family, the Government tasked Senior Counsel Dominic McGinn with reviewing the latest Garda investigation.
The Minister for Justice today published that report which recommends that a further inquiry is not warranted.
In a statement, Frances Fitzgerald said she acknowledges the tragic death of Father Niall Molloy, but said it is not always possible to find answers for families whose loved ones die in violent circumstances.
Speaking to Shannonside News this afternoon Bill Maher says the family will need time to properly read the lengthy report before they know what else they might be able to do to move matters on from here.
Minister rejects Molloy case cover up
Fr. Frank McGauran spoke on Shannonside News today 27/Jan/2014
Interview with Liz Molloy today