Monday 20 November 2017

'My family needs to know why gardaí did not properly investigate the 1985 death of my uncle, Fr Niall'

It will be 30 years next week since Fr Niall Molloy's violent death. Bill Maher, his nephew, writes about his family's fight for justice

Richard and Teresa Flynn leaving the courthouse
Richard and Teresa Flynn leaving the courthouse
Fr Niall Molloy shortly before his death

Bill Maher

On July 8, 1985, I got an early morning call from a member of my family telling me my Uncle Niall was dead. I was totally shocked as he was a young man and in good health and no details were available except that it was some sort of an accident.

Knowing his love of horses, I assumed he must have had a fall from a horse. As the morning progressed, I was to discover it was much more shocking than that.

The calls became more numerous over the following hours. Details were slow emerging but one call I got said there was a lot of blood at the scene. Possibly a shotgun involved.

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