gemmaYou may recall the protest outside the office of Independent News and Media, on Talbot Street, Dublin last week.

It followed Irish Independent journalist Gemma O’Doherty (above) – whose reporting on the 1985 murder of Fr Niall Molloy helped reopen the case – being made redundant.

The move to let O’Doherty go came several months after she doorstepped Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to confirm that he had penalty points wiped from his record.

The Phoenix is today reporting O’Doherty’s editors were apparently furious with her approach regarding Callinan, with then editor Stephen Rae apparently telling O’Doherty her behaviour was that of a ‘rogue reporter’.

But her pursuit of the Fr Molloy story had already caused tensions with gardai and a government extremely sensitive to Fine Gael connections with the case.

Judge Frank Roe presided over the trial of Richard Flynn, who was charged with Fr Molloy’s manslaughter and assault.

Judge Roe threw out the case after deciding the possibility of Fr Molloy having a heart attack and striking his head while falling over couldn’t be ruled out.

Judge Roe was a prominent Fine Gael supporter and even ran for the party. And Michael Noonan was Justice Minister when Roe was appointed President of the Circuit Court.

An obituary of Judge Roe in The Dundalk Argus in 2003 reads:

“A staunch Fine Gael supporter like most of his family, he was once election agent for Paddy Donegan and stood as a unsuccessful candidate for the party in Louth in 1948 and 1951.”

Last November, Independent TD Finian McGrath attempted to raise the issue of the Fr Molloy case at an Oireachtas justice committee meeting – where Commissioner Callinan was present – but he was ruled out of order by committee chairman and Fine Gael TD David Stanton.

The committee then went into closed session and the gardaí, media and onlookers were asked to leave.

Previously: Meanwhile on Talbot Street

Pics: The Argus

16 thoughts on “Going Rogue

  1. Sgt. Bilko

    Given who was present at the house that night, the twist you’ve put on this is very interesting from a party political point of view. Have you thought about firing your cv into the Sindo?

      1. cluster

        The point is that individual who allegedly escaped justice was a FFer and those who allegedly let Martin Cahill off because he threatened to reveal details of the case did so under a FF govt.

        The fact that the judge, a friend of the acquitted man was FG seems to be almost irrelevant.

    1. phil

      Chomps would be too rouge for the indo, the piece above was seriously rouge….

      Anyhoo, back to serious news, what did Amy Huberman have for breakfast?

    2. SOMK

      O’Doherty said in her piece that

      “When the full facts are finally brought into the public domain, they will rock the foundations of the State.”

      So whilst it’s well know that there is a Fianna Fáil connection and very notable big wig there (not Taoiseach level but close) that night, it’s not inconceivable that Fine Gael have a connection, and that connection is relevant considering they’re a) The ruling party and b) Shatter made promises to investigate this if he ever got in to office.

      If there’s one part of the case I’d like to hear more about though it’d be the following

      “In the immediate aftermath of the murder, TWO OTHER SUSPICIOUS deaths took place of people believed to have witnessed the murder and who told friends they could not bear to be around when the truth came out.”

      If O’Doherty and others have the dirt, if the dirt is out there then it should come out, if twitter can make super injunctions useless it (or something like it) can surely handle something a bit more serious and important. It’s about time people stopped being let get away with this s**** there’s no reason for it in an internet age.

      1. cluster

        Possibly but if there were serious FG connections, why would Shatter have given the story the oxygen of publicity before he came into office?

        1. Continuity Jay-Z

          Would he have known? It could be the case that only a tiny coiterie of the FG party know the facts. Shatter strikes me as the type who is told the wrong pub to go to on a night out.

          1. cluster

            Presumably if it would ‘rock the foundations of the state’ and witnesses were being killed off etc., he would have been warned off, no?

  2. A.Tomás

    “once election agent for Paddy Donegan”

    The same Paddy Donegan, who was revealed to have met with British authorities the day after the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings, of which the “investigation” was cancelled indefinitely.

    FG reek of corruption and collaboration, the latter several times more than FF.

    1. cluster

      ‘Sound on the national question’ even if they spend their time ensuring that there is no nation left worth being proud of.

      FG are poor but anyone trying to stick up for FF in the last few decades is either deluded or evil.

      1. A.Tomás

        I point out a disturbing fact and you try to claim I’m some sort of Shinner.

        I wonder whether you even noticed the irony as for decades that was the sort of mindset the likes of Paddy Donegan, Sindo and their ilk had.

        (What I meant was is that both FF and FG are the same, FF more corrupt, FG involved with cover ups)

        I suppose you think Gemma O’Doherty and Broadsheet are provos for publicising this bizarre state of affairs?

  3. delacaravanio

    I’d be more concerned about the ostensible reason for her dismissal: doorstepping the garda commissioner being seen as the actions of a rogue reporter.

    Where else but the Independent would doorstepping be seen as rogue reporting? It’s standard journalistic practice amongst investigative reporters.

  4. TK ickle

    I recently learnt that people of a certain age from Clara really, really don’t wan’t to talk about this subject!

    Sample subject of one but a really nice guy who usually likes his banter.

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