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 Celtic League, 8 March 2003:

CELTIC LEAGUE PRESS INFORMATION


LUDLOW KILLING - ANOTHER STEP ON THE ROAD TO JUSTICE?

The long campaign by the family of Co. Louth forestry worker, Seamus Ludlow, to seek justice and truth about his murder has taken a positive turn with the news that Garda files about the killing and subsequent investigation are to be released.

Seamus Ludlow is believed to have been murdered by Loyalist paramilitaries working with the knowledge and encouragement of the British Security Forces in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Ludlow was shot and killed in a lane close to his Mountpleasant, Co. Louth home on May 2nd 1976 in what seems to have been either a random killing or a case of mistaken identity.

The Celtic League have supported the campaign for an enquiry into the death of Mr. Ludlow for sometime and we have repeatedly pressed the Irish government to be more open and urged the British authorities in the north of Ireland to also adopt a more positive stance.

The Ludlow family are reported as having greeted the news that the files will be released with "caution". Indeed they should be cautious because it has become quite clear from the machinations down through the years to obstruct explanation and the bringing to justice the killers of Seamus Ludlow that a cover-up at the highest level has been undertaken.

Quite clearly their caution is warranted because in the present climate of peace and reconciliation there are vested interests within both the Irish and British administrations which do not wish to have too much scrutiny focused on the activities of the loyalist 'commandos', armed and supported by British Intelligence, which waged a dirty war of killings and bombings in the south of Ireland in the 1970s.

Bernard Moffatt

Secretary General

Celtic League

08/03/03



The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It focuses on human rights abuse and civil liberty issues and also monitors the impact of military activity.

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Previous Statements from the Celtic League

No.164  MURDER GANG ENQUIRY CALL - 10/30/2000

No.239  LUDLOW MURDER - PROPOSALS SOON - 2/1/2001

No.346  LUDLOW - GOVT URGED TO HEED ENQUIRY CALL - 4/30/2001

No.362  MINISTER EVASIVE ON LUDLOW QUERY - 5/15/2001

LUDLOW MURDER DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT - 07/17/02 

BRITISH AMBASSADOR WAIVES IMMUNITY IN McKEVITT CASE - 09/14/02

AHERN LUDLOW MURDER RESPONSE DISAPPOINTING - 09/21/02

BRITISH COMMITTED TO COOPERATE IN QUEST FOR "ANSWERS" SAYS AMBASSADOR - 10/17/02

 

                                Press Reports

The Argus, 27 August 1976: Inquest hears of North Louth shooting

Monaghan County of Intrigue (1979) by the late Michael Cunningham: Quoting from Mr. Cunningham's account of his private investigation of Seamus Ludlow's murder. 

The Argus, special report 30 August 1985: On May 1st 1974, a forestry worker left his home to go for a drink: the following day his bullet riddled body was found. Nine years later we ask: WHO KILLED SEAMUS LUDLOW?

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

The Irish News 5 March 2003: Family's wait for murder file over

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 March 2003: Ludlow murder: files to be made available

 

 
and an associated site for a campaign that has our support:
http://www.adon89.care4free.net/dundalk_bombing/index.htm
 
Also visit: Relatives for Justice at http://www.relativesforjustice.com/
the Pat Finucane Centre at http://www.serve.com/pfc/ and
British Irish Rights Watch at http://www.birw.org/
 

 

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