Gardai confirm new probe into priest's death in Clara

Story by Laura Ryder

Friday, 21st September, 2012 9:24am

Gardai confirm new probe into priest's death in Clara

Fr Niall Molloy

The family of Roscommon priest Fr Niall Molloy say they are hopeful new developments in the investigation into his death this week will bring the case to its final conclusion.

Fifty-two year old Fr Niall Molloy died at the Kilcoursey House, owned by Fr Molloy's friends Richard and Therese Flynn, in Clara, after a family wedding on July 8, 1985.

Fr Niall's family claims the truth of his death has never emerged and has consistently called for renewed investigations.

This week it's understood a team of up to ten senior detectives have been sent to Offaly to investigate new evidence in the death of Fr Molloy.

It's understood the new evidence in the case has been provided to gardaí by the Irish Independent.

Yesterday (Thursday), staff at the Garda press office confirmed that members from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the murder of Fr Molloy as a result of new evidence.

Speaking to the Offaly Independent this week Fr Molloy's nephew Bill Maher said his family are "very pleased with the latest developments".

"We're quite optimistic that the new information that has been provided by the Irish Independent means the case will hopefully finally come to a conclusion and we'll get justice for Niall," he added.

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