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







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The Dundalk Democrat, 26 September 1998:

Ludlow investigations pick up pace?

It appears that investigations on both sides of the border into the murder of Seamus Ludlow have begun to pick up pace, writes Anne-Marie Eaton. It may have taken over twenty-two years, but perhaps the relatives of Seamus will sooner rather than later know the truth about his murder and those responsible.

Last weekend, Sunday newspapers both north and south of the border, carried stories relating to the murder of the Mountpleasant man, who was shot dead less than a mile from his home in May 1976.

One of the newspapers concerned revealed that two members of the original investigation team were questioned recently.

Over the years, the Ludlow family have been aggrieved by the way Gardai at the time treated the relatives. On many occasions, Gardai told the family that the murder had been carried out by the IRA. Indeed, in recent times in this paper, Seamus' brother, Kevin, has spoken of the bad handling of the inquest into Seamus' death, at which no family member was present, as they had not been notified until it was too late to attend.

Four Detained

Earlier this year, four men were detained and later released from Castlereagh, where they were questioned in relation to the Ludlow murder.

One of the men questioned was Paul Hosking, who has publicly, via the national press, stated that he was an eye-witness to the murder, which had reportedly been carried out by three Red Hand Commandos, two of whom were also UDR men. Hosking also said that he gave information to the RUC in 1987 and was told to "forget about it".

One of the other men questioned in Castlereagh, Samuel "Mambo" Carroll stated in another newspaper that he had nothing to do with the murder of Seamus Ludlow.

Now living in Staffordshire, England, Carroll was taken back to Northern Ireland for questioning. In the afore-mentioned article, Carroll stated that it was well known that he had associated with the Red Hand Commandos, but he also went on to say that he could not be identified with any paramilitary group.

Ludlow case on Net

As has already been reported in this paper only a number of weeks ago, various human rights organizations  have become interested in the Seamus Ludlow murder case. One of these organizations, the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry, has posted information on the case etc on the internet.


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