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.
The recent Campaign for Truth and Justice.
Other Ludlow Family Sites.
The Dundalk Democrat, 25 May 2005
Second hand information not helping Ludlow inquiry
By Anne Marie Eaton
County Coroner Ronan Maguire has spoken out against second hand information he is receiving on vital aspects of the death of seamus Ludlow.
One of the bullets used in Seamus' murder is in the possession of the Gardai, however Mr Maguire has said he has yet to see a report on comparisons made with the bullet. "I have not been furnished with a report on the comparisons, if a report is available.
"I've been getting second hand information, but haven't seen a report."
He also added that he could not hand over a Garda report on Seamus' murder by now retired Chief Superintendent Ted Murphy, to the Ludlow family because of confidentiality.
At a preliminary hearing Mr Maguire set the date of September 5 for the opening of the inquest.
Seamus Ludlow was shot three times and his body dumped in a ditch close to his home in Mountpleasant on May 1 1976. Although initially his death was blamed on the IRA it has since been stated that he was killed by Loyalist Red Hand Commandos.
The Attorney General called for the second inquest having stated that the family were denied participation in the August 1976 inquest, important evidence was not available at that inquest and there were no forensic or ballistic reports furnished.
The County Coroner spoke on the suffering the Ludlow family have had to endure.
"It is incumbent on us to do the best we can for Seamus Ludlow. His family have waited an inordinate period of time and it is incumbent on everyone to try and get as much information as we can into the public domain."
Please visit our Justice for Seamus Ludlow Websites:
Relatives for Justice http://www.relativesforjustice.com/
Pat Finucane Centre http://www.www.patfinucanecentre.org
British Irish Rights Watch http://www.birw.org/
Irish Council for Civil Liberties http://www.iccl.ie/
Celtic League http://www.manxman.co.im/cleague/index.html
Justice for the Forgotten at http://www.dublinmonaghanbombings.org/
The Barron Report on the May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings can be downloaded in pdf format from http://www.irlgov.ie/oireachtas/Committees-29th-D%E1il/jcjedwr-debates/InterimDubMon.pdf
Barron Report: on the Dublin Bombings of 1972 and 1973, can be downloaded in pdf form from: http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/committees29thdail/jcjedwr/Dublin_Barron_Rep031204.pdf