Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Search for closure goes on three decades after priest's violent end

The mystery that surrounds the death of Fr Niall Molloy refuses to go away, writes Gene Kerrigan

Fr Niall Molloy who was violently killed in Clara Co Offaly in 1985.
Fr Niall Molloy who was violently killed in Clara Co Offaly in 1985.
Richard and Theresa Flynn leaving court during Mr Flynn's trial for the manslaughter of Father Niall Molloy.
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

MOST of all it was a family tragedy. But it was also a mystery, with allegations of a cover-up. The mystery has never been resolved, so it became one of those stories that refuses to be filed away.

At the heart of the Fr Molloy case was an excellent display of courtroom skills by defence lawyers, and a dreadful mistake by a veteran judge.

Last week, through Shannonside local radio, the family of Fr Niall Molloy renewed its call for an independent inquiry into the priest's violent death, at the house of two of his closest friends, in Clara, Co Offaly, in July 1985. At this stage, disappointed by reports that an internal garda review of the case turned up nothing fresh, the family can only repeat the demand for a public inquiry made regularly

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