On Sunday, July 8th, 2012, the family of murder victim Fr Niall Molloy will marked the 27th anniversary of his death at a service in his former parish of Fuerty, Co. Roscommon.
The occasion marked another long and painful year in their fight for justice and the truth about their uncle's brutal death and subsequent cover-up by institutions of the state and Church.
To this day, nobody has been convicted of Fr Niall's murder. In 2010, as justice spokesperson for the opposition, Alan Shatter TD pledged to prioritise this case if he got into power after the General Election.
Two years on, the family are dismayed at the lack of progress. Political promises made by senior members of the government to establish a Commission of Investigation into the murder remain unfulfilled.
The family are also greatly disturbed by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan's silence in regard to claims by crime writer Paul Williams. In his latest book. Mr Williams says the Gardai dropped charges against drug lord John Traynor in return for the stolen police file on Fr Niall.
"We are asking anyone who knows anything about Niall's vicious murder to bring it to us now," said solicitor Henry McCourt, a nephew of Fr Molloy. "Our family have been seeking justice and the truth about his death for almost three decades. We have been left with countless unanswered questions, including allegations of Garda corruption and negligence, judicial wrong-doing, and political interference. We will never rest until we find out what happened to Niall and why we have been denied justice for him for so long."
Issue dated: 13 JULY 2012
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