The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?

 

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Daily Ireland, 10 September 2005:

Letters to the Editor

Garda deficiencies run very deep

The revelations from the second inquest into the killing of Seamus Ludlow in Dundalk in 1976 are deeply disturbing. Retired detective inspector John Courtney confirmed what the Ludlow family had long suspected: that the gardai were told the identities of his killers (loyalists with British intelligence links) but failed to act. No convictions, no charges, no arrests, no extradition of the suspects or even interviews with them.

Even worse, the Ludlow family was told that Seamus was killed by the IRA for being an informer, thus greatly adding to their grief and dividing the family for many years. To cap it all, none of the family was even informed of the first inquest.

When this is added to the failures of the investigations into the Dublin & Monaghan, Dundalk, Clones and Belturbet bombings, which relatives of the victims believe were also perpetrated by loyalists with British links, it is clear that deficiencies in the Garda extend beyond Donegal and did not start in the 1990s. Maybe if effective action had been taken by politicians earlier, the Donegal fiasco may not have occurred. Then, maybe the politicians didn't want to take effective action; maybe they still don't.

Dr Sean Marlow

Dublin 11

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