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Ludlow's family are now calling for an independent public inquiry into the
murder of their relative. They are demanding that the killers of Seamus Ludlow
are caught and that the actions of the Gardai and the RUC in their conduct of
the murder investigation are examined and accounted for. British Irish RIGHTS
WATCH supports their call. In particular, the family want the following
1. Why did the initial Gardai investigation into the murder suddenly stop after three weeks?
2. Why did the British Army take such an interest in the conduct of the Gardai investigations?
3. Why were the family excluded from the inquest on 19 August 1976 and who was responsible for this exclusion?
4. Were any ballistics or forensic reports presented at the inquest?
5. Exactly what information did the Gardai hold about the murder and for how long was this information held?
6. Why was the information passed to Detective Chief Superintendent Courtney by the RUC in 1979 never acted upon?
7. Who was primarily responsible for the decision not to act upon this information?
8. Will the Gardai publicly apologise for and retract the allegations made that Seamus Ludlow was an IRA informer?
9. What are the results of the current Gardai inquiry into their original investigation of the murder and what subsequent action will be taken?
10. Exactly what information did the RUC hold about the murder and for how long was this information held?
11. Why did the RUC Special Branch take no action following Paul Hosking's statement given in 1987 regarding the identity of the killers?
12. Were the RUC trying to protect an informer amongst the murderers of Seamus Ludlow?
13. Will charges be brought against the suspects arrested in February 1998 by the Northern Irish Director of Public Prosecutions and if so when?
14. Will the Gardai and RUC be held accountable for their actions?
Conclusion of an independent Report published by British Irish Rights Watch, London. February 1999.
WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF SEAMUS LUDLOW'S DEATH TO SUSPECT THAT ALL THIS WAS DONE, ALL THESE LIES AND DECEPTIONS PERPETRATED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE GUNMAN WHO KILLED SEAMUS LUDLOW AND TO COVER UP THE COVER UP BOTH IN THE NORTH AND IN THIS JURISDICTION.
WHAT MADE THIS MAN SO SPECIAL THAT FOR YEARS NO ACTION WAS TAKEN AGAINST HIM AND SO MANY LIES TOLD TO PROTECT HIM?
WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT TO ASK THAT THE STATE SHOULD FORMALLY AND PUBLICLY THROW OPEN ITS SECRET FILES SO THAT AT LAST THE LUDLOW FAMILY CAN HAVE PEACE OF MIND.
EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THESE DAYS THERE ARE PUBLIC TRIBUNALS AND JUDICIAL INQUIRIES MANY OF THEM DESIGNED TO LAY TO REST GHOSTS OF THE NORTHERN CONFLICT. . .
Journalist Ed Moloney, speaking at Seamus Ludlow's 25th Anniversary Commemoration, 29 April 2001.
"To think of Seamus is to think of his human dignity and the eternal dimensions of his life. All the places he was and the people he knew - in short, his life.
"Seamus' family have suffered over the years. And then there was what I all the Big Lie - his character assassination.
"Put it another way. If it was us in charge, what would we not have done? How would we have treated the family."
Monsignor Raymond Murray, Relatives for Justice, Speaking at the Seamus Ludlow 25th Anniversary Commemoration, 29 April 2001.
Seamus Ludlow died a lonely and terrifying death that he had done nothing whatever to deserve. His family have fought a long and frustrating battle to obtain justice for his memory. We salute their courage and determination. We support their call for a public inquiry into his death and we hope that people reading this page will do the same.
Letter to the Ludlow family from Jane Winter, Director of British Irish Rights Watch, London
5. This AGM supports the campaign by the Ludlow family for a full independent public inquiry into all of the circumstances surrounding the murder of Seamus Ludlow. The lack of a proper investigation into his murder is a flagrant breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. The family of Mr. Ludlow have had to endure the fact that the names of his killers were known to the Gardai and withheld from them, as well as the persistent refusal of the Irish Government to establish a full independent public inquiry. ICCL calls on the Government to establish such an inquiry without further delay. (Proposed by Michael Finucane)
Resolution passed at the Irish council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Annual General Meeting on 13 June 2001.
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