The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?
Introduction to the murder of Seamus Ludlow and the official cover-up.
The recent Campaign for Truth and Justice.
Other Ludlow Family Sites.
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.
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 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."