Rev. Pat Maloney spent time in prison for his role in hiding some of the $7.4 million stolen by masked gunmen from a Brink's armored-car in 1992.

A New York priest known as a staunch supporter of the IRA is reportedly to preside over the funeral of murdered mobster Whitey Bulger. The infamous Boston gangster was killed in prison on Monday where he was serving out a life sentence. He was 89. 

Now, Rev. Pat Maloney, who has also spent his own time behind bars, is believed to be officiating over the funeral after he was approached by a New York funeral director who looks after the funerals of poor Irish Americans. 

Maloney maintains that he is innocent of hiding some of the $7.4 million stolen by masked gunmen from a Brink's armored-car in 1992.

The priest was previously linked to Bulger. While he was in prison, he met with John Shaye, a member of Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang. 

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Although wishing to remain anonymous, the undertaker confirmed that he has asked Maloney to oversee the funeral. 

“I don’t know the particular position of the church on a known criminal. But then the Lord is plentiful with redemption,” Maloney told The New York Post.

“In his own heart and soul, [Bulger] may have changed . . . As far as I’m concerned, he’d be entitled to a Catholic burial. I’d have no hesitation.”

Bulger's funeral is believed to be taking place in Boston where his surviving brothers William and John live. It is thought to be a private mass for family. 

James "Whitey" Bulger leader of South Boston's Winter Hill gang.