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NOBODY is to face charges arising from the killing of Fr Niall Molloy almost 30 years ago.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has concluded an examination of a garda file on the killing of the former parish priest of Castlecoote in Co Roscommon and directed that no charges should be brought.

Yesterday the family of Fr Molloy, pictured, said that they will now press ahead with their demand for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate all of the circumstances surrounding Fr Molloy's death.

The 52-year-old priest was found beaten to death at the home of his friends Richard and Teresa Flynn in Clara, Co Offaly on July 8, 1985.

A family wedding had been celebrated earlier at the house.

Businessman Richard Flynn was charged with the manslaughter of Fr Molloy and causing actual bodily harm, but at the 1986 trial, Judge Frank Roe directed the jury to return a not-guilty verdict.

A two-day inquest also in 1986, found that Fr Molloy had died as a result of head injuries.

Following a probe lasting more than two years the Garda Serious Crime Review Unit sent a file on the case to the DPP in May.

Yesterday, Fr Molloy's nephew, Bill Maher said that the family's search for answers was far from over.

"We're going to press ahead now for a commission of inquiry which is what we always wanted," Mr Maher said.

hnews@herald.ie


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