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The Dundalk Bombing


The Argus Weekender, 2 October 1999:

Cabinet broadens scope of enquiry to include the Dundalk bombing

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern told the Dail on Wednesday afternoon the circumstances under which it had been decided to broaden the independent, private enquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings to include Dundalk.

"Originally it had been intended that the enquiry should be conducted, on the advice of the Victims Commissioner, into just the Dublin and Monaghan bombings", said the Taoiseach, "but the Cabinet has now decided to include the Dundalk bombing of 1975 in that enquiry".

The Taoiseach said that the enquiry would be carried out by a former Supreme Court judge with detailed Terms of Reference for the enquiry which had been set down by the Victims Commissioner, John Wilson.

The Commissioner had angered relatives in Dundalk by failing to include Dundalk in the enquiry, but the Taoiseach disclosed that following representations from the families and others it had been agreed to include Dundalk.

"After some further consultations, the enquiries will be established as son as possible", said Mr Ahern.

The Taoiseach also revealed that the findings of the independent, private enquiry into the death of Mountpleasant man, Seamus Ludlow in 1976 and which was announced some months ago, would not be published in the report to be compiled by the Judge because it could compromise any criminal prosecution.

The body of 47-year-old Mr Ludlow was found in a laneway near his home on 1st/2nd May 1976.

Two people lost their lives as a result of the blast in Crowe Street in December 1975. Thirty-four people were killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974.

Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs, Dermot  Ahern, in a statement released today (Friday) revealed that there had been representations made to him when the Dundalk bombing was excluded from the enquiry. "I am pleased to say that the Government, at my  request, decided to include Dundalk in the proposed enquiry".

He added, "ever since this incident took place the people of this area and particularly the families of those killed and injured were extremely upset and annoyed that no real attention had been given to the circumstances surrounding this horrific event in Dundalk".

Dermot Ahern concluded: "I hope that the Judge will be able to get to the bottom of the bombings and the Ludlow murder case once and for all.


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The Sunday Tribune, Sunday 17 October 1999, by Ed Moloney: North's DPP has decided not to charge Loyalists arrested in connection with Ludlow killing

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 October 1999: Private enquiries into Ludlow murder and Dundalk bombing