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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The Dundalk Democrat, 4 May 1996:

The Seamus Ludlow murder

The 20th Anniversary of the murder of Mountpleasant man, Seamus Ludlow, was marked last Tuesday with a Press Conference given by the Ludlow-Sharkey family.

On Saturday, May 2nd, 1976 Seamus Ludlow was kidnapped and murdered while hitching a lift to his home on the Newry Road, approximately shortly after 12 midnight. His body, with gunshot wounds was found the following morning in a laneway off the "Bog Road", less than a mile from his home. No one was ever apprehended for his murder.

Family frustration

At the Press Conference held in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin, the Ludlow-Sharkey family expressed their frustration and bitterness "not only at the failure of the Gardai to affect a prosecution but at their general conduct of the investigation at the time."

The family went on to explain how they were "continually led to believe from Gardai involved in the case, that republicans from the North Louth area were behind the murder".

New information

New information has since come into the possession of the family of Seamus Ludlow which they believe gives the revelation that the actual murder was carried out by the UVF.

In their statement, the family express their wish for the authorities "to put things right and ensure that justice is done."

They have also written to Garda Commissioner  Patrick Culligan requesting a meeting to discuss the "tragic situation", with the hope that the murder investigation is "reopened with a view to bringing those responsible to justice."

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