The outgoing Irish Police Commissioner, Fachta Murphy has called for a fresh inquiry into the death of a priest over two decades ago.
Fr Niall Molloy was found beaten to dead in the home of his friend Richard Flynn, on July 8, 1985 in Clara, Co. Offaly. Earlier that day, Molly had attended the wedding of Mr Flynn’s daughter.
Soon after Richard Flynn was charged with the manslaughter of the Roscommon clergyman after he admitted he has argued with Fr Molloy in the hours prior to his death. However the judge at his trial, Mr Justice Frank Roe, ordered an acquittal on the first day of proceedings, insisting that Fr Molloy may have died from a heart attack.
An inquest in the priest’s death later revealed that he had died as a result of serious brain injuries after receiving multiple blows to the head.
After Mr Flynn had been acquitted it emerged that the judge knew Richard Flynn which was an obvious conflict of interest.
According to a statement released by Fr Molloy’s family. the new investigation will be launched this week, with Detective Inspector Christy Mangan, head of the Serious Crime Review Team, leading the enquiry.