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 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 Examiner, 26 October 1999:

Sinn Fein condemns DPP decision

Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain last week reacted angrily to a decision by the Northern Ireland Director of Public Prosecutions not to press charges over the murder of Seamus Ludlow.

The County Louth man was shot and dumped near the border in 1976. No-one has ever been charged, even though security forces are alleged to know the identity of his killers.

The investigation was reopened last year when new evidence emerged in public. The RUC questioned several Northern Irish men, including former members of the security forces, and a file had been with the DPP ever since.

Mr O Caolain repeated calls for a public inquiry to be held into the matter. He stated: "There has been a cover-up in this case by both the RUC and Gardai for over two decades. The family of the victim have been treated abominably and this decision compounds their grief".

Human rights organization British Irish Rights Watch has compiled a lengthy dossier covering the Ludlow case and highlighting several points of concern regarding the investigation. The group is supporting the Ludlow family's calls for a full inquiry.

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The Sunday Tribune, Sunday 17 October 1999, by Ed Moloney: North's DPP has decided not to charge Loyalists arrested in connection with Ludlow killing

The Irish Times,  20 October 1999: DPP decides against Ludlow case charges

The Irish News, 20 October 1999: Relatives reject "cover-up" inquiry

The Irish News, 21 October 1999: SF calls for inquiry into '76 murder

An Phoblacht/Republican News, 21 October 1999: No prosecutions in Ludlow case Call on Taoiseach to revise decision on 'private' inquiry

The Argus, 22 October 1999: RUC decide not to prosecute the men who admit to the murder

The Dundalk Democrat, 23 October 1999: No prosecution in Ludlow murder

An Phoblacht/Republican News, 4 November 1999: Taoiseach to "reassess'' Ludlow case

The Dundalk Democrat, 6 November 1999: TD's questions about Ludlow case

The Irish Independent, 8 November 1999: Wilson supports extradition of four


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