Sunday 26 May 2019

Gardai quiz pair over death of priest

Patricia McDonagh

TWO people who hold key information on the death of a priest 25 years ago are being interviewed by gardai to see if the case can be re-opened.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern yesterday revealed a relative of one of those present on the night he died and another person were being questioned.

The revelation comes in the wake of an Irish Independent investigation which found new information to support claims the case should be revisited.

Fr Niall Molloy (52) was found dead in a pool of blood on July 8, 1985 at the home of his friends Richard and Teresa Flynn at Clara, Co Offaly.

Mr Ahern said the Garda Commissioner had directed a detective superintendent to meet people making representations for the inquiry to be reopened.

"I understand one person has already been interviewed and the other, who is a third party and a relative of some of the people involved in the incident, will be interviewed in due course," he said.

Irish Independent

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