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







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The Dundalk Bombing


The Argus, 24 December 1999:

Investigation to include Dundalk bombing and the Ludlow murder

The announcement that the outgoing Chief Justice, Mr Liam Hamilton, is to carry out an investigation into the Dublin, Monaghan and Dundalk bombings, has been welcomed by Dermot Ahern, TD, Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs.

Welcoming the announcement of a thorough examination into the circumstances surrounding the bombings, Minister Ahern said he was particularly pleased that the Chief Justice's report will be examined in public by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice. It's envisaged that this will involve hearings at which the Justice for the Forgotten group will have a right to appear and be heard by the Committee.

Referring to the 1975 bomb at Kay's Tavern, in which two people were killed, and fifteen people injured - three of them seriously, Minister Ahern said that "while much of the focus has been on Dublin and Monaghan, it is important to remember those who were killed and injured in the Dundalk bombing, their families and loved ones."

It was right and proper that the circumstances surrounding the bombing should be investigated, and he said he had worked hard to ensure that the Dundalk victims were not forgotten.

He added that he was also very conscious of the Seamus Ludlow case and promised to keep a close eye on developments in that regard.

The procedure being proposed by the Government for investigating the bombings was very similar to that followed in the recent DIRT enquiry and he was confident that it is the best way to get at the truth.

The general terms of reference of the Chief Justice's inquiry are to examine:

The facts, circumstances, causes and perpetrators of the bombings;

The nature, adequacy and extent of Garda investigations, including cooperation with Northern Ireland; and

The reasons why no prosecutions took place including, whether, and if so, by whom, investigations were impeded.

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