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, 16 January 1999:

Ludlow Murder - Investigations Continue

With a file submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions in Northern Ireland and a report underway in the South of Ireland by the Victims Commissioner, the family of Seamus Ludlow are continuing in their effort to bring the murderers of Mountpleasant man Seamus Ludlow to justice.

Throughout last year in this paper, Anne-Marie Eaton reported how Seamus' family believe that the May 1976 murder was carried out by members of the UDR. In February last four men were detained in Northern Ireland and were released without charge. A file was sent to the DPP in recent months.

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Many politicians and civil rights people have voiced their support for the Ludlow family and relatives, and have been in communication with them. A recent communication was received by the Department of An Taoiseach who recognised the distress and suffering  of the relatives and friends and noted that the Government would consider all the Victims Commissioner recommendations when the report was received.

Civil Rights groups also become involved and the November issue of ICCL (Irish Council for Civil Liberties) News carried an article on the case, which supported the call for an independent inquiry into the murder of Seamus Ludlow, adding that the family were "entitled to know the truth about his murder and its apparent cover-up".

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See also: ICCL News The Newsletter of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, November 1998, Volume 10, Number 3: Inquiry Call into Murder cover-up