The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?

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The Argus, 5 November 2004:

Deputy urges public enquiry into murder of Seamus Ludlow

Family welcome Judge's remarks that "truth should be established quickly"

Deputy Seamus Kirk T.D. has requested that consideration be given by the Minister of State, Tom Kitt, to opening a full public enquiry into the murder of Dundalk man Seamus Ludlow in May 1976.

Mr. Kirk welcomed the recently published report into the murder by Judge Henry Barron as ‘a major step forward’ in the case and stated, ‘It is vitally important that the truth should be established as quickly as possible in this case.

‘What happens to the report and whether we should have a public inquiry is the matter that now arises. Those issues must be considered.’

The family of Seamus Ludlow, and in particular Mr. Ludlow’s nephew, Jimmy Sharkey, have been appealing for a full public inquiry since 1998.

Mr. Kirk said, ‘His [Mr. Ludlow] family and relatives have long sought the truth about his murder. They have relentlessly pursued this case to build up a picture of what happened on that fateful night at Thistle Cross North, Dundalk.

‘The extended Ludlow family is more than anxious that the truth should be established in this case.’

In his response, Minister Kitt traced the inquiry back to August 1999 when former Tanaiste, John Wilson, referred to the concerns of the Ludlow family in a report of the Victims’ Commission, entitled ‘A Place and a Name’.

Mr. Kitt stated that Mr. Wilson’s report ‘found the allegations about the conduct of certain Gardai and about the conduct of the investigation of the crime itself, very disturbing.’

As a result of the Victim’s Commission report, Mr. Kitt stated that the Government set up ‘an independent commission of inquiry, initially with the former Chief Justice, Mr. Liam Hamilton, as the sole member. On his resignation due to ill health, Mr. Henry Barron succeeded him.’

Minister Kitt described Seamus Ludlow as ‘an unassuming, ordinary working man. His life revolved around his work and home. He was known in Dundalk for his charitable work and he had no political affiliations.’

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