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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Photograph: Michael Donegan addresses the crowd who had gathered for the Seamus Ludlow Commemoration. Jimmy Sharkey stands at extreme right.

Pictured here is Michael Donegan, with other members of the Ludlow family circle, and relatives of the victims of the Dundalk bombing of December 1975, addressing the gathering at the Seamus Ludlow Commemoration, on 29 April 2001.

Wreaths were laid by, or on behalf of, Kevin Ludlow, Mrs. Nan Sharkey, Mrs. Eileen Fox, Mrs. Kathleen Donegan and by the families of the late Paddy Ludlow and Barney Larkin, at the simple memorial to their murdered brother Seamus.

 Further wreaths were laid on behalf of relatives of the dead of the Dublin/Monaghan, Dundalk and Castleblaney bombings. 

In the course of his address, Michael thanked many people and groups, in Ireland, and abroad, for their support for the Ludlow family's campaign for truth and justice. The list is extensive.

Among the many who deserve appreciation are: journalists Ed Moloney, The Sunday Tribune; Anne Cadwallader, Ireland on Sunday; and Aeneas Bonner, The Irish News; Jane Winter and her colleagues at British Irish Rights Watch, London; Paul O'Connor and the Pat Finucane Centre, Derry; the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin; Monsignor Raymond Murray, Cookstown, and Relatives for Justice, Belfast; Louth County Council; Newry and Mourne District Council; Seamus Kirk TD; the late Louth County Councillor Miceal O'Donnell; Councillors Tommy Reilly and Arthur Morgan;  Anne-Marie Eaton and the Dundalk Democrat; Don Mullan, author and TV3 broadcaster;  Professor Bill Rolston, author of "Unfinished Business: State Killings and the Quest for Truth"; James MacGuill, solicitor, Dundalk; Toni Carragher and the South Armagh Farmers and Residents Committee; Bernard Moffatt and the Celtic League; Amnesty International; Karl Winn and; Justice for the Forgotten; Liz Walsh of Magill Magazine; Father Brian McCreesh; the Rooney and Watters families of Dundalk; and many more.

Though this dignified commemoration attracted a large gathering to the small country lane near Ballymascanlan Hotel, the event was largely ignored by the Irish national press and broadcasters. Only the Irish News in Belfast reported the event, with no reports in the other national dailies. The Ludlow family was grateful for some advance publicity provided by the Irish independent TV3 News and by Anne Cadwallader in the Ireland on Sunday newspaper.

The local weekly Dundalk Democrat alone produced a detailed report of the Commemoration. This report can be accessed on another page.

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