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RT Investigates Reveals New Evidence related to the Death of Fr Niall Molloy

11/10/2022

Three new documents obtained including a 14-page account of his married life written by Richard Flynn

I went to Father's bedroom to find them both fast asleep in bed in their night attire

if the psychiatric assessment was available to the prosecution, I think it would've been a completely different outcome

Senior Law Lecturer.

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In a special report this Tuesday night, RT Investigates reveals new evidence related to the death of Fr Niall Molloy in 1985 and the verdict of not guilty for Richard Flynn.

RT Investigates has obtained documents containing Richard Flynn's detailed view of events leading up to the incident, which reveal for the first time, in Richard Flynn's own words, the extent of his assault on Fr Molloy and a possible motive for it. These new documents include admissions by Richard Flynn that contradict what he told Garda .

Fr Niall Molloy was badly beaten and died on the bedroom floor of a married couple that he had been friends with, and in whose house he had his own bedroom. There were three people present at the time, businessman Richard Flynn, his wife Th r se and Fr Molloy.

37 years on from the death of the 52-year-old Roscommon priest and the acquittal of the Richard Flynn charged with causing his death, Richard Flynn, the story continues to receive significant public attention. In the last decade there has been a cold case review by the Serious Crime Review Team, a Department of Justice review, a report by the Garda Ombudsman, a two-part documentary last year on RT One, and last month, the release of a new book. Yet questions still remain.

During Richard Flynn's trial Judge Frank Roe was emphatic that despite rumours there was nothing improper in the relationship between Fr Molloy and Richard Flynn's wife Th r se that may have explained the assault: It is perfectly clear from all the evidence that the friendship between Father Molloy and Mrs Flynn was a perfectly proper one They were great friends for nearly thirty years and there is not an iota of evidence that there was anything improper in their relationship. Trial transcript June 12, 1986.

The new documents, however, show that in Richard Flynn's view there was much more to the relationship between Fr Molloy and Th r se Flynn than Judge Frank Roe was aware of. The documents shown tonight by RT Investigate suggest a previously undisclosed motive for Richard Flynn's attack on Fr Molloy.

There are three new documents featured in tonight's report which are key, including a 14-page account of his married life written by Richard Flynn. In the document, which he prepared for a publisher, he wrote that from about 1961, six years after he married, Fr Molloy began to stay regularly at the Flynn family home, and later effectively lived there. he would visit us about 2 or 3 times a week. Sometimes he would stay overnight and leave early in the morning to be on time for his parochial duties Richard Flynn wrote. My father, my brothers and sister were very concerned over Th r se's developing relationship with Fr. Molloy, they went everywhere together; shows, hunting etc so much so that on a visit to our home my father when he saw Fr Molloy in the yard actually told me to kick him out.

In another document Richard Flynn told his psychiatrist that he believed there was nothing physical in his wife's liaison, but two episodes disturbed him.

In a the third document, Richard Flynn detailed those episodes: One night on my return I could see her leaving Father's bedroom and going into her own, when I got to the bedroom, she pretended to be asleep - I woke her up and confronted her with what I saw and she denied it completely weeks later, I again was returning and I went to the bedroom to find Th r se not there I went to Father's bedroom to find them both fast asleep in bed in their night attire. I walked over to her and tapped her on the shoulder, she woke up and ran to our bedroom In the morning I asked Th r se to leave and go and live with Fr Molloy and I would take care of the children. This she refused to do. I wrote off my marriage at this stage.

Richard Flynn also stated in the document that four or five years before Fr Molloy's death he consulted a solicitor about getting a legal separation from his wife because of her close relationship with Fr Molloy, but he didn't proceed because of concerns about their children.

Before his death earlier this year, Liam Hanniffy, who was the Chief Psychiatrist at St Fintan's Hospital in Portlaoise, and who had assessed Richard Flynn, spoke to RT Investigates about this. relationship almost akin to marriage inside of another more correct marriage it was a tough situation to face . I saw both of them having a problem. She for not seeing she had a problem in trying to sustain a marriage at the same time she was trying to sustain a serious boyfriend .

The documents obtained by RT Investigates also show that Richard Flynn had another version of what happened on that night in Co Offaly, a version that was different to what he had told gardai, a more damning version. Richard Flynn faced two charges: assault causing harm and manslaughter. He denied the charges and said he struck Fr Molloy in self-defence. In the hours after Fr Molloy died, Richard Flynn, in his only comments to garda , said that he had punched the priest in self-defence. I hit Fr. Molloy at least twice and probably three times in the face with my clenched fists.

Although Mr Flynn said he would make a full statement to the Garda , he never did, and what he said in a brief one-page statement that night is all garda and subsequently the courts had to go on. The only other person in the room that night aside from Fr Molloy was Th r se Flynn and she said she couldn't remember what happened.

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