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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Celtic League, 17 October 2002:


CELTIC LEAGUE PRESS INFORMATION


BRITISH COMMITTED TO COOPERATE IN QUEST FOR "ANSWERS" SAYS AMBASSADOR

The British Ambassador to Ireland, Sir Ivor Roberts, has said the British Government has submitted evidence to assist ongoing Judicial enquiries in Ireland into allegations of collusion by the security forces in a number of cases in both jurisdictions. He says they are committed to assisting the families of those murdered by terrorists "and their need to find answers".

The Celtic League had written asking if such assistance would be forthcoming given the Ambassadors unprecedented involvement in providing evidence recently in the case of an alleged Real IRA leader. The League said:

"Given that your office now seems prepared to extend assistance can we ask if this will extend to other contentious enquiries about terrorist activity in Ireland. Specifically, will it encompass the furnishing of all information and files on possible direct involvement, or collusion with paramilitary groups by British Intelligence, which has caused the innocent deaths of civilians over the past thirty years in the Republic of Ireland".

In his response (14/10/02) the Ambassador says:

"We understand the devastation felt by the family and friends of those murdered by terrorists, and their need to find answers. I do not think that these answers will be brought any closer by the repetition of false allegations.

You will be aware that the British and Irish Governments have appointed the Honourable Mr. Justice Cory to investigate allegations of collusion by the security forces in a number of cases in both jurisdictions. The British Government is committed to co-operating fully with the investigations, and to ensuring that Mr. Justice Cory has the support and resources needed.

Separately, the Irish Government has established an Independent Commission into the Dublin/Monaghan and Dundalk bombings under Mr. Justice Barron. We have trawled through a vast number of files held in Whitehall Departments and agencies in an effort to find any information. To give you an idea of the scale of the task, the Northern Ireland Office alone has in the region of 68,000 registered files. We have submitted information to Justice Barron, and our dialogue with him continues".

It would be churlish of the Celtic League not to accept that the Ambassadors letter indicates a sincere commitment by the British government to unravel some of the mystery and ambiguity that surround alleged British involvement in some of the darker chapters of recent Irish history. However, the true test of all this effort will be if the families of those killed in Dublin and Monaghan and in many other singular incidents (Such as the murder of Seamus Ludlow) will gain a sense of settlement once the enquiries report.


Bernard Moffatt

Secretary General

Celtic League



17/10/02



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 

LOUTH MURDER - ENQUIRY CALL SUPPORT - 07/28/02

AHERN LUDLOW MURDER RESPONSE DISAPPOINTING - 09/21/02

                                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

 

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