The Celtic League, 15 May
CELTIC LEAGUE PRESS INFORMATION
MINISTER EVASIVE ON LUDLOW QUERY
Dermot Ahern T.D., Irish Social Affairs Minister has sidestepped a
query from the Celtic League about the controversy surrounding the
murder of Co. Louth forestry worker, Seamus Ludlow.
Mr. Ludlow was murdered on the 2nd of May 1976. It is believed that
his killers were a loyalist murder gang and there is also a suspicion
of complicity by the British security forces.
Recently, following a demonstration to commemorate the 25th anniversary
of the murder Mr. Ahern reiterated the governments unwillingness to
accede to the families request for an independent public enquiry.
The League had written challenging this inertia and urging a rethink.
However, in a reply from the Ministers Office, his Private Secretary
Aongus Horgan says that " As this matter is proper to the Department
of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Minister has passed your
letter to his colleague, John O'Donoghue T.D., Minister for Justice.
The Celtic League have a great deal of respect for Mr. Ahern particularly
in relation to assistance and cooperation he has shown in the past.
However, to intervene with public comment which coincided with relatives
attempts to highlight the inertia over the Ludlow slaying and then
sidestep the issue indicates questionable judgment in this matter.
It is high time that all government Ministers from the Taoiseach down
adopted a more positive stance in relation to uncovering the truth
about British military involvement in the murder of Irish citizens
peacefully going about their business.
The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries of the
western British Isles and Brittany. It works to promote cooperation
between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political,
cultural and environmental matters. It targets human rights abuse
and monitors all military activity within these areas.
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LOUTH MURDER -
ENQUIRY CALL SUPPORT - 07/29/02
DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT - 07/17/02
No.346 LUDLOW - GOVT URGED TO HEED
ENQUIRY CALL - 4/30/2001
No.239 LUDLOW MURDER - PROPOSALS SOON -
No.164 MURDER GANG ENQUIRY CALL -
Irish Independent, 19 July 2002: Fresh
inquest into death of murdered man
Irish News, 19 July 2002: Family
welcome inquest 26 years after murder
Irish Times, 19 July 2002: New
inquest ordered into Louth man's death
Dundalk Democrat, 20 July 2002: Second
inquest to be held into the death of Seamus Ludlow
Sunday Life, 28 July 2002: Inquest
to name Ludlow killers
Irish Examiner Online - Breaking News,
29 July 2002: Call
for public inquiry into 1976 murder
Television (UTV), online 29 July 2002: Celtic
League in demand over murder
Examiner, 30 July 2002: Ludlow
killers to be named
Irish News, 6 August 2002: Celtic
League to fight on for murder inquiry
Argus (Dundalk), 23 August 2002: Coroner
wants the law changed to compel
witnesses to attend inquests
27 August 2002, Loyalist
victim's family call for answers
© 2003 the Ludlow family. All rights reserved.
Revised: January 12, 2003