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, 8 November 2003:

Inquest could be next January


By Anne-Marie Eaton

County Coroner, Ronan Maguire, said this week that he hopes to hold the second inquest into Seamus Ludlow’s death in the near future.

Delays have been incurred in receiving relevant information, but Mr Maguire has stated that he is still waiting on a particular investigative report on the murder and a definitive explanation on the whereabouts of Seamus Ludlow’s clothing and the bullets used. 

“I am still trying to trace the clothes although it is possible that they may have been destroyed, and I am still trying to locate the bullets and ascertain whether they are still in the possession of the Gardai. I would have thought they should be.”

Seamus’ nephew, Jimmy Sharkey, has said previously that he understands two of the three bullets used in his uncle’s murder were sent to Northern Ireland for forensic examination, with one remaining in the South. He added that Seamus’ clothes were never returned to the family.

Photographs from the murder scene which had been lost, have since been found and given to the coroner. Ballistic reports have also been located. 

Mr Maguire said he wants to hear the second inquest straight through and does not want to see it adjourned.

“I am not going to open and adjourn it. It will go ahead with as much information as I can get and I will hear it completely.”

Retired state pathologist, Dr John Harbison, who gave a deposition at the original inquest has said he will attend the new hearing. 

The County coroner said the original inquest had not heard from too many people.

“Looking through the inquest file, there were only two other witnesses who were there for the purposes of identification. Obviously they were not family members as they had not been contacted.

“There are also a number of files from people who saw Seamus Ludlow in Dundalk on the night he was murdered.

 The inquest could go ahead before Christmas, depending on the family’s feelings. “Sometimes the families of the deceased do not want an inquest just before Christmas and if this is the case then I could be ready to go ahead with the inquest in early January.”


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The Sunday Times, January 12, 2003: Army 'link' to Dublin bombings

RM Distribution, 13 January 2003: Dublin/Monaghan bombs came from British Army - report

Sunday Business Post, 19 January 2003: Dublin-Monaghan: will the truth finally out?

Ulster Television News online, 27 February, 2003: Irish justice group 'furious' over Barron Inquiry

The Irish Examiner online edition, 27 February 2003: Group calls for new Dublin-Monaghan bombings inquiry

The Irish News, 5 March 2003: Family's wait for murder file over

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 March 2003: Ludlow murder: files to be made available

The Irish News, 11 March 2003: Family 'cautious' over inquest progress

The Dundalk Democrat, 15 March 2003: Plaque to Patrick Mone unveiled

The Irish News, 21 March 2003: Loyalist murder inquiry call renewed

The Irish Sun, 26 March 2003: Report on Ludlow to be unveiled

The Daily Irish Star, 26 March 2003: Inquiry into man's murder

The Irish News, 27 March 2003: Government 'will not keep Ludlow secrets'

The Irish Times, 13 June 2003, Inquest on 1974 Dublin bombs to reopen

The Irish Independent, 13 June 2003: Victims and families a step nearer the truth

Dundalk Democrat, 28 June 2003: Dundalk families concerned over Barron report delay

The Sunday Business Post, 29 June 2003: Irish government `helped the British' during Troubles

The Irish Independent, 22 July 2003: AG is urged to reopen inquests into bomb deaths

The Examiner (formerly The Crossmaglen Examiner), 5 August 2003: Victims' families demand truth about collusion

The Dundalk Democrat, 16 August 2003: Date for Ludlow inquest

The Irish News, 7 October 2003: Coroner still awaiting copy of murder report

Ireland on Sunday, 12 October 2003: Top names linked to Dublin-Monaghan atrocity Bombs report names gardai 'collaborators'

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 November 2003: Dundalk bombing and Ludlow murder ignored

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 November 2003: Family feel inquiry will make little difference


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