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







3 July 2002 - The Irish Attorney General has directed the Coroner for County Louth to hold a fresh inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow.  . . . . Please return for updates and important developments.    This photograph of Seamus Ludlow was taken later in his life.This is a youthful photograph of Seamus Ludlow, taken several years before his murder.This memorial stone marks the place where the dead body of Seamus Ludlow was discovered on Sunday 2nd. May, 1976. This new stone recently replaced another stone.




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The Argus (Dundalk), 23 August 2002:

Coroner wants the law changed to compel witnesses to attend inquests

Louth County Coroner Mr Ronan Maguire BL has called for a review of the legislation to enable coroners to compel witnesses to attend inquest hearings.

The existing legislation which dates back to 1962 only allows a Coroner to issue a summons for someone to attend an inquest but doesn’t give them powers to compel witnesses to attend.

“The sooner the law is changed the better. In England the coroners have very adequate powers to ensure that people turn up for inquests,” he said.

He made his comments as depositions from a number of witnesses were read into the record when they failed to attend the inquest hearing in Dundalk on Monday.

Mr Maguire said that people really should have to turn up so that the jury could have the benefit of proper witnesses.

As it stood he had no power to compel people, even from within the jurisdiction, to attend a hearing.

“It is deeply unsatisfactory,” he said.

He understood that the Coroners Act of 1962 was being reviewed and he hoped that something would be done to change that aspect of it.

His comments indicate the difficulties which are likely to arise when a fresh inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow is held later this year.

The Attorney General has ordered that a new inquest is held into the murder of Mr Ludlow, who it is believed was killed by loyalists in 1976.

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The Irish Independent, 19 July 2002: Fresh inquest into death of murdered man

The Irish News, 19 July 2002: Family welcome inquest 26 years after murder

The Irish Times, 19 July 2002: New inquest ordered into Louth man's death

The Dundalk Democrat, 20 July 2002: Second inquest to be held into the death of Seamus Ludlow

The Sunday Life, 28 July 2002: Inquest to name Ludlow killers

The Irish Examiner Online - Breaking News, 29 July 2002: Call for public inquiry into 1976 murder

Ulster Television (UTV), online 29 July 2002: Celtic League in demand over murder

The Examiner, 30 July 2002: Ludlow killers to be named

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The Irish News, 6 August 2002: Celtic League to fight on for murder inquiry


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