Seamus Ludlow

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.





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Statement released 24 December 2004:



The Department of Justice says that the Garda Síochána has always
tried to cooperate fully with the Louth County Coroner over his enquiries
into the death of Louth man, Seamus Ludlow, who was murdered by Loyalist
paramilitary's (very likely part of a murder gang run by the British
Intelligence Services) almost thirty years ago.

The Celtic League Secretary General, Bernard Moffatt, had written
to the Minister, Michael McDowell, asking why there were apparent
obstructions being placed in the path of the long delayed inquest
into the Ludlow murder.

A reply, dated 20th December 2004, from the Ministers Private Secretary

"The Minister is informed by the Garda authorities that legal considerations
arose in relation to the Louth County Coroner's request in this matter.
However, the Minister is pleased to inform you that these issues have
now been resolved, and it is understood that four documents, suitably
redacted, have now been forwarded to the coroner and that these are
in excess of the original request.

The Minister is further assured by the Garda authorities that the
Garda Síochána has at all times sought to cooperate to the fullest
extent possible with the Louth County Coroner on this issue."

This assurance is obviously welcome. However, the real key to uncovering
the secret surrounding this dreadful murder is probably contained
in the files of the British Intelligence services. But is unlikely
if, even with the advent of so called Freedom of Information legislation
in the United Kingdom, any light will be shed on the dirty war orchestrated
from London which claimed many innocent victims, including Seamus

J B Moffatt

Secretary General

Celtic League


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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See Also:

The Irish News, 28 December 2004: Murder inquest set for January

The Dundalk Democrat, 30 December 2004: Second inquest into Ludlow murder


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