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







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The Argus, 15 May 2002:

Morgan answers letter from Olivers' on father's death

In his reply to a series of questions posed to him last week by Eugene Oliver, murdered by the IRA ten years ago, Sinn Fein candidate Arthur Morgan has replied:

Following the article on the front page of last week's issue of your newspaper, I wish to make the following response.

Tom Oliver's family suffered a tragic loss. And our sympathies go to them and indeed all those families who have been bereaved during the course of the conflict

Speaking in Dublin last month Gerry Adams spoke of the need for families of all those who have been bereaved to be treated equally. 

As part of the conflict resolution process that we are currently going through, the needs of victims and their families needs to be addressed.

In relation to Seamus Ludlow's murder on 1st May, 1976, we have supported a public enquiry into this case as there are many questions that remain unanswered. This is not the case with Tom Oliver. The IRA admitted that they killed him and their reasons why.

All these deaths are a matter of deep regret. We are in a peace process now. I, both politically and personally wish that this had happened sooner so that the tragic events such as this had never happened.

Is Mise,

Arthur Morgan

The Argus, 15 May 2002:

Oliver murder dominates the final days of the campaign

The entry of the murder of Tom Oliver ten years ago by the IRA into the General Election campaign in Louth created national and international headlines all week.

The publication of a letter last week in The Argus from Eugene Oliver, son of the murdered farmer, posed a number of questions for the Sinn Fein candidate, Arthur Morgan, who, according to a poll also published last week in The Argus, is expected to do very well in Friday's election and is being tipped to take a seat.

This week as his family was tracked by many sections of the media to comment on the matter Eugene Oliver confined himself to saying "I was a child when my father was murdered, and I feel that I would be dishonouring him by not asking questions from Sinn Fein at this stage. I am just a farmer like my father and all that I and my family want is for our questions to be properly answered".

Arthur Morgan in his reply to the Oliver family has on behalf of his party, offered sympathy to the Oliver family, and has also offered, on radio, to meet the Oliver family.

He has been criticised by other candidates in the election for his failure to condemn the murder of Tom Oliver or to call on anyone with information relating to the death to report it to the Gardai.

Fine Gael candidate, Terry Brennan this week issued a statement saying: "Mr Morgan has no difficulty correctly believing the murder of Seamus Ludlow to be wrong".

Mr Brennan went on to comment that it seemed clear on the basis of this failure that Mr Morgan had no intention of accepting the murder of Tom Oliver to be wrong".

He continued "I would ask the voters of this constituency to draw their own conclusions and vote accordingly".

Workers Party candidate, Peter Short, also criticised Arthur Morgan's failure on local radio this week to recommend that people with information on the killers of Tom Oliver should take that information to the Gardai.

"He is trying to cherry-pick democracy," commented Peter Short. "Arthur Morgan and Sinn Fein seem to want an a la carte rule of law. Accountability and high standards for everyone else but evasiveness for themselves."

"Under the Constitution of this State, there is only one statutory body with the authority to enforce law, and that is the Garda Siochana.

"In this election people will have to decide for themselves if they are prepared to vote for candidates who are ambivalent in this way about the murder of people like Tom Oliver."

Mr short said he had no difficulty publicly calling on anyone who had information which could lead to the arrest and conviction of Tom Oliver's killers to pass that information on to the Gardai.

The Argus, 10 May 2002: Oliver family now seeking answers from SF candidate

The Times, 10 May 2002: IRA killing haunts Sinn Fein poll campaign

The Irish Times, 11 May 2002: Louth man asks SF candidate about murder of his father by IRA in 1991

The Sunday Independent, 12 May 2002: Victim's family makes IRA murder a key issue

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