Monday 19 February 2018

Sean McEniff says he is not politician at the centre of Mary Boyle documentary

Tomás Heneghan

A Fianna Fáil councillor has denied involvement in claims at the centre of an alleged cover-up in the disappearance of Mary Boyle.

In a statement issued on behalf of Councillor Sean McEniff on Monday, the Donegal politician “emphatically and unconditionally” denied the “rumour and innuendo” related to a video recently posted to YouTube named ‘Mary Boyle, The Untold Story’.

McEniff, who has been a Donegal County Councillor for more than 40 years, said he supports the call for a Commission of Investigation into the case of missing person Mary Boyle.

The statement says: “Mr McEniff emphatically and unconditionally denies that he was the politician who allegedly contacted the Gardai in Ballyshannon at the time of the disappearance of Mary Boyle.

“He has no knowledge of such a call other than what he has heard recently on what was contained in the video “Mary Boyle, The Untold Story”.”

The documentary ‘Mary Boyle, The Untold Story’, which was created by journalist Gemmy O’Doherty, was recently posted to video sharing website YouTube.

In the video it is suggested there was pressure put on local authorities by a politician to not properly investigate certain suspects in relation to the disappearance of six-year-old Mary Boyle in 1977.

In Monday’s statement, Mr McEniff said he is satisfied the two former gardai interviewed in the documentary have clarified their position following the video being posted.

“Mr Mc Eniff is satisfied that the two former Gardai interviewed as part of the video have recently clarified that at the time of the disappearance or in the investigation that followed neither were aware of any such alleged phonecall and that there was no impediment from their superiors in the investigation as a result.”

Mr McEniff also asserted his right to a good name and said he has taken legal advice in relation to what he says are defamatory comments “made both directly and by innuendo”.

The statement says he will also “take such steps as are necessary to protect his reputation”.

He alleges that comments and statements made in relation to the issue are false, malicious and damaging to him.

The statement also says Mr McEniff will make no further public statements in relation to the issue and all further related issues will be dealt with through his solicitors.

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