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 Belfast Telegraph, 22 February 1999;
Inquiry demand into 1976 killing
By Martin Breen
Relatives of a Dundalk man who claim he was murdered by British Army agents today called for a public inquiry following a mass public meeting.
The family of Seamus Ludlow were joined by 500 people at the meeting in Dundalk last week called in light of startling new evidence.
The 47-year-old bachelor was branded an IRA informer after he was shot three times and dumped by the roadside just south of the Newry-Dundalk border in May 1976.
But a Newtownards man claimed last year the killing was carried out by three members of the Red Hand Commando, two of them UDR officers.
He said he was drinking in Comber with three Red Hand Commando terrorists who headed to the border and eventually picked up Mr Ludlow and killed him.
Relatives of Seamus Ludlow hope their public meeting will force the Irish and British governments to reveal what they say was a "cross-border conspiracy" to protect the killers.
His nephew James Sharkey said today: "We want a public inquiry. We believe that the authorities in both jurisdictions are now involved in a conspiracy top cover-up the murder because of the involvement of the Northern Ireland security forces in the murder at the time."
They believe a breakthrough in the case could throw light on other suspicious killings including the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings.
Family members the 33 people killed in the explosions were present at Thursday night's meeting.
Last year four men, three from Northern Ireland and one from England, were arrested and questioned for two days in Castlereagh about the murder. They were later released without charge.
Secretary of State Mo Mowlam yesterday turned down a request to meet the Ludlow family because a file is being examined by the DPP.
Forestry worker Seamus Ludlow's relatives are angry with the Garda who they claim had been given the killers' names by the RUC in 1976.
The Pat Finucane Centre in Derry has posted details of the case on its web site in a bid to focus international attention.
Human rights organization British Irish Rights Watch has also drawn up a report on the murder.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has joined calls for an inquiry into the murder.