The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?







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The Dundalk Democrat, 16 October 1999:

"Border Relatives" group established

"Border Relatives" is the name given to a new group including the families of those killed in the 1975 Dundalk Bombing and the family of the late Seamus Ludlow, murdered in 1976, writes Anne-Marie Eaton.

An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern announced recently that inquiries into the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombing would be extended to cover the 1975 Dundalk Bombing and the 1976 murder of Seamus Ludlow. This followed the publication of the Wilson Report "A Place and a Name". However, the families feel that a public inquiry is necessary rather than the private inquiries which were announced.

Press Conference

"Border Relatives" held a Press conference in Buswell's Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday last, where they highlighted the need for investigation into terrorism attacks on the Border areas, in the 1970s.

Also present for the press conference which was attended by a large number of national media, was Peter O'Connor, a native of Dundalk and now living in Waterford, who was injured in the Bombing of Kay's tavern, Crowe Street, and sustained 93% burns to his body.

Speaking to the press, Peter commented his belief that security forces on both sides of the Border had colluded to target the IRA and also ensure the passage of emergency legislation which went through the Dail later in 1975.

Special Journey

Maura McKeever, a daughter of the late Jack Rooney and Gerard Watters, and Margaret English, children of the late Hughie Waters, both of whom were killed in the Dundalk bomb, were also present for the press conference. Gerard Watters made a special journey from his home in England to be present.

Maura McKeever this week stated she was satisfied with the way the conference went, adding that this was the first such conference she attended. She did, however, comment that she was disappointed in the absence from the conference of local TDs etc adding that Sinn Fein's Caoimhghin O Caolain, TD, did attend. Also during the day she had spoken with Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams, who attended a Peace and Reconciliation Conference in the same hotel.

She continued that apart from the two people killed in the Bombing, twenty were injured and encouraged any of these people or their families to contact the "Border Relatives".

It is now almost twenty-four years since the Bombing of Kay's Tavern on 19th December 1975, and in regards to her family who each Christmas remember the tragedy, which mars the festive season, "it would be lovely to have a Happy Christmas".


Jimmy Sharkey, a nephew of Seamus Ludlow who was murdered in May 1976, and whose body was discovered in a laneway close to his Thistle Cross home, also showed his support for the newly established "Border Relatives".

The Sharkey and Ludlow family also wish to see a public inquiry into Seamus' death. It is now almost a year since a file on Seamus' murder was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, in Northern Ireland. Prior to that four persons were detained in Castlereagh and interviewed regarding the 1976 murder.

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