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The Dundalk Democrat, 9 November 2005:

Full public inquiry is Ludlow aim

By Anne Marie Eaton

The publication of the Barron Report into the murder of Dundalk man Seamus Ludlow contains more than enough reason to go ahead with a public inquiry, Seamus' surviving family said this week.

Nephew, Jimmy Sharkey stated: "I have to say the report has contained more than I thought it would and I have spoken to Justice Barron to thank him for his work.

"He has acknowledged that interviews with the four men were stalled in 1979 and that direction was given by a high ranking official, probably Laurence Wren."

In the days since the publication of the report, Laurence Wren, who was Assistant Commissioner at the time has denied stopping the investigation. Jimmy Sharkey said he is not sure if the direction could have been given by Wren.

"I don't see how Wren could have given this direction because I don't think he had the power to do so. This could still go higher and if o then it lies with a Department of Justice direction.

The Barron Report has not  brought the family's quest to an end as there are many questions still to be answered.

The report contains two sketches drawn (by) two of the men questioned in relation to Seamus' murder. Both men admitted to being present when the shooting took place.

The sketches were drawn in 1998 but are amazingly accurate.

"But it leaves us with more questions. The Northern Ireland DPP decided not to charge anyone with murder but why when two men admitted being there should they not be charged as accessories to Seamus' murder."

The report also raises the question who decided Seamus' was a political murder.

"The Barron Report has gone as far as it could, even further than I had expected but these questions and many others can only be answered at a public inquiry."

 See also:

The Irish Times, 8 November 2005: Ludlow family seeks sworn public inquiry

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005: Four suspected of killing named

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005: Family’s call for a full public inquiry remains unchanged

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005:“We’re overjoyed all we wanted was truth of killing to emerge”

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005: Gardai were ordered to ‘abandon’ plans to interview four suspects

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