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Monday 22 October 2018

DPP confirms no new charges in death of Fr Niall Molloy

Fr Niall Molloy
Fr Niall Molloy

Brian O’Reilly

THE family of Fr Niall Molloy, the priest beaten to death in July 1985, have said they will press for a commission of inquiry to be set up to examine his death.

It follows the Office of the DPP confirming to the family that no new charges will be brought after a new file was submitted to the office by Gardai earlier this year.

The Roscommon priest was found beaten to death in July 1985 at Kilcoursey House, the home of his friends Richard and Teresa Flynn, following a family wedding.

Bill Maher, the nephew of the Fr Molloy, told Midlands 103 radio that the family would now press ahead with campaigning for a Commission of inquiry.

“We had a meeting with the gardai who said they had finished their inquiries into issues, they still haven’t called it an investigation or anything, they sent a file to the DPP and the DPP have come back to them and said there would be no charges based on the file submitted to them by the Gardai.

“It didn’t come as a surprise to be quite honest, we’re happy that the garda involvement in it has come to an end and we’re going to press ahead now for a commission of inquiry, which is what we always wanted.” 

A presentation to an all-party meeting at Leinster House in March attended by 70 TDs heard allegations of a cover-up involving several bodies of the State and the Church following Fr Molloy's  death.

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