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, 18 August 2001:

Minister considering ways of proceeding with Ludlow enquiry

John O'Donoghue, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, has said, in a letter to Minister Dermot Ahern, that he is considering the best way to proceed with an enquiry into the 1976 murder of Mountpleasant man Seamus Ludlow.

Mr Ludlow was murdered, it is believed by loyalist Red Hand Commandos on 2nd May 1976. His body was dumped in a ditch close to his home.

In his recent letter to Minister Ahern, Minister O'Donoghue said: "You will be aware that the Government decided in principle in September 1999 to establish an inquiry into the case of Mr Ludlow as well as the bombings in Dublin/Monaghan and Dundalk. This proposed inquiry would be carried out on the same basis as the present inquiry into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings has not found favour with the relatives of Mr Ludlow or their legal representatives. This fact was quite clear from our meeting with them on 23rd May last. In the circumstances, I am considering how best to progress the matter, and I shall put proposals to this end before Government as soon as I am in a position to do so".

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