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The Dundalk Democrat, 27 October 2004:

Ludlow report submitted to coroner

By Anne Marie Eaton

The Barron  report into the May 1976 murder of Seamus Ludlow has been submitted to the Department of the Taoiseach and County Coroner Ronan Maguire has received the by now infamous Murphy report into the murder of the Mountpleasant forestry worker.

Judge Henry Barron has spent recent years looking into the murder of the Mountpleasant forestry worker who was shot and his body dumped in a laneway close to his home.

He has also worked on reports into the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings and the Dublin bombings of 1972 and 1973.

A statement released by the Department of the Taoiseach confirms the report's completion.

"The Taoiseach received the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the murder of Seamus Ludlow from Judge Barron last Wednesday.

"It is expected that the report will be considered by the Government and the Oireachtas in a process similar to that which was put in place for consideration of the Independent Commission's Report into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974."

County Coroner Ronan Maguire said this week that he is going to study the Murphy report but said that he would begin taking depositions in preparation for the second inquest in the near future.

When asked was the Murphy report divided into five individual reports as Judge Barron had told the Ludlow family, Mr Maguire said: I only received the report today but it looks quite comprehensive. I'm going to start studying it but it is a huge document."

The decision to hold a second inquest was taken by the Attorney General in 2002 and Mr Maguire had stated on a number of occasions that he had experienced delays in receiving information from the Gardai.