The Celtic League, 17 July
CELTIC LEAGUE PRESS INFORMATION
LUDLOW MURDER DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT
There has been a dramatic development in the campaign by the family of Seamus Ludlow to achieve an open and full enquiry into the circumstances
of his murder.
Mr. Seamus Ludlow, a forestry worker from Co. Louth, was killed in
an apparently sectarian attack by a Loyalist paramilitary gang in
1976. There is believed to have been knowledge of or complicity in
the killing by the British Security Services.
The family have, over a number of years, raised concerns about the
judicial process and the actions of both the RUC and An Garda Siochana.
The Celtic League, along with a number of other groups, responded
to a request from the Ludlow family to support their case for an independent and full public enquiry. To date this request has not been acceded
to by the Irish government.
The Seamus Ludlow campaign now advise us:
"In an important new development for the family of Mr. Ludlow, the
Irish Attorney General, Rory Brady, has written to the family solicitor
regarding the holding of a fresh inquest into the death of Seamus
The family's lawyer had written on 30 May 2002 requesting of the AG
that he exercise his powers under section 24(1) of the Coroners Act,
1962 and direct the holding of a fresh inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow.
The Ludlow family had long complained of the way that the original
inquest was conducted in their absence. The Gardai appear to have
gone to certain lengths to ensure that the family was not present.
Another issue of contention was the failure of the original inquest
to examine the forensics and ballistic reports that were available
at that time. It is hoped that a fresh inquest will put right some
of the obvious failings of the inquest of 19 August 1976.
The AG's representative wrote on 3 July 2002:
"I am now pleased to inform you that the Attorney General has acceded to that request, which you have made on behalf of the relatives of
"The Attorney has, by a recent letter, directed the Coroner for County Louth, Mr. Ronan Maguire BL to hold an inquest into the death of Seamus
This latest development must give added impetus to the campaign for a full enquiry to expose the murders of Seamus Ludlow.
J B Moffatt
See also CELTIC NEWS:
No.362 MINISTER EVASIVE ON LUDLOW QUERY
No.346 LUDLOW - GOVT URGED TO HEED ENQUIRY
CALL - 4/30/2001
No.239 LUDLOW MURDER - PROPOSALS SOON -
No.164 MURDER GANG ENQUIRY CALL -
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