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.
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Other Ludlow Family Sites.
The Dundalk Democrat, 14 August 1999:
"Dublin/Monaghan bombings inquiry should be public" says O Caolain
Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain has expressed disappointment at the recommendation in the Report of the Victims Commission that an inquiry into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings of 1974 should be held in private. He called foe a full public inquiry.
The Victims Commission was established in May last year to review services and arrangements in place to meet the needs of those who have suffered as a result of the conflict over the past 30 years. Former Cavan/Monaghan TD and Tanaiste John Wilson was appointed to carry out the task. He issued his report last week.
Most attention has focused on the recommendations in the Report relating to the Dublin/Monaghan bombings and the 1976 murder of Seamus Ludlow by three UVF members who were also in the UDR. The Wilson Report recommends that a retired Supreme Court judge be appointed to privately conduct an inquiry into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings, and that a similar inquiry should be conducted in the Ludlow case.
"For 25 years the survivors and the bereaved of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings have been kept in the dark by both the Irish and the British authorities. An inquiry held in private is not acceptable. There is strong evidence in the hands of the Irish Government that there was British military involvement in the bombings. There is also a strong and justified belief among the relatives that the Irish authorities failed to carry out a proper investigation", said Deputy O Caolain.
"An Taoiseach himself was handed evidence earlier this year by the legal representatives of the relatives and bereaved which names a British intelligence officer, a UDR captain and an RUC officer, all of whom were involved in the plot, according to the testimony of one of the conspirators.
"What is need therefore is a full judicial inquiry conducted in public. The RUC, the British Army, and the gardai must make available the information in their hands. The inquiry must also have the ability to open to public scrutiny the role of both the British and Irish authorities in this matter.
"In the Seamus Ludlow case the Wilson Report reflects the distress of the family at the conduct of the Gardai towards them. For many years they were led to believe wrongly by the Gardai that their loved one was killed by the IRA.
"I urge the Government to accede to the just demand of the relatives of the Dublin/Monaghan and Seamus Ludlow cases for a full public inquiry", said the Deputy.