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







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Dundalk Democrat, 22 May 1999:

Government inquiry into Ludlow murder?

The family of the late Seamus Ludlow, murdered close to his Mountpleasant home in May 1976, this week stated that they were "cautiously pleased" with reports that there is to be a Government Inquiry into the 47-years-old death, writes Anne Marie Eaton.

     Jimmy Sharkey, Seamus' nephew speaking to the "Democrat" this week stated that while the family are pleased that there may be an inquiry, they are concerned as to what format it will take, such as would it be an open or closed inquiry. He continued that Seamus' family would like to see an independent public inquiry and that it should take the form of recent tribunals in Dublin. 

In recent years an investigation was carried out into Seamus' killing by Gardai and it is understood that this Report has now been forwarded to the Government.

The Department of Justice this week declined to comment on the possibility of the inquiry.

Seamus' murder was at first blamed on the IRA, however, in recent years information has has arisen which details that the murder was carried out by the Red Hand Commandos and members of the UDR.

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An eyewitness to the murder Paul Hosking also stated in interviews in the National media that he had told the RUC information on the murder and those involved, years previously.

In early 1998 four men were detained at Castlereagh, Belfast in relation to the murder and were released without charge.

The Ludlow family have received great support in their efforts to get to the truth of what happened to Seamus. Local TD, Seamus Kirk, this week once again urged for an inquiry into Seamus' killing. He stated: "I understand that a recent Garda Report has concluded that the names of four prime suspects have been known since 1979. However, these suspects were not interviewed until last year. This is a matter of grave concern, and must be investigated by a full inquiry".


Deputy Kirk concluded "Justice has never been done in this case and new evidence is now available. I believe that justice can only be served by a full inquiry".

On Sunday last the Ludlow family joined with relatives and survivors of the Dublin/Monaghan Bombings and in a procession walked along Talbot Street, Parnell Square and South Leinster Street. The family also hope to meet with members of Louth County Council in the near future.

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