The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?
Introduction to the murder of Seamus Ludlow and the official cover-up.
The recent Campaign for Truth and Justice.
Other Ludlow Family Sites.
The Argus, 29 June 2001:
Deputy seeks a forum to process cases such as that of Seamus Ludlow
Louth Deputy Seamus Kirk has asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law reform, John O'Donoghue, to examine the feasibility of establishing a truth and reconciliation forum to process such cases as the Seamus Ludlow murder and other unexplained deaths.
In a written reply, Mr O'Donoghue stated that the Victims Commissioner, Mr John Wilson had stated in his report 'A Place and a Name' that in respect to Mr Ludlow's case, he was "aware of the family's wish that the full truth of the case should be brought to light."
The Victims Commissioner had also said that he was "swayed by their argument that a criminal trial will not necessarily bring out the full facts of the case" and recommended that an enquiry should be conducted into the case along the lines of the enquiry into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.
Minister O'Donoghue said that the Government decided in principle in September 1999 to establish an inquiry into the case of Mr Ludlow as well as the bombings in Dublin/Monaghan and Dundalk.
"This proposed inquiry - which would be carried out on the same basis as the present inquiry into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings - has not found favour with the relatives of Mr Ludlow or their legal representatives," he said. "In the circumstances, I am considering how best to progress the matter, and I shall put proposals to this end before Government as soon as I am in a position to do so."
he added that insofar as other cases are concerned, the report of the victims' Commission had recommended "that the Government, taking heed of the need to preserve confidentiality and safety of informants, should, on request from the families of victims, produce reports on the investigations of murders arising from the conflict over the last 30 years where no one has been made amenable".
He was currently preparing an implementation plan in respect to the reports' recommendations which he hoped to bring to Government shortly.