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







3 July 2002 - The Irish Attorney General has directed the Coroner for County Louth to hold a fresh inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow.  . . . . Please return for updates and important developments.    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, 30 July 2002:

Ludlow killers to be named

A new inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow, who was murdered ion 1978, may reveal the names of his killers.

It is understood that information given by his relatives several months ago to Nuala O'Loan will be made public in the coming inquest, the second to be held into the twenty-four year old murder mystery. Two of the bullets have now been sent to the garda for investigation and there is a growing belief among relatives that he was killed by Red Hand Commandos from the Newtownards/Comber area, possibly linked to the SAS.

It was pointed out that several days after the murder an eight man SAS patrol was arrested by Garda a few miles from the murder scene. However, four years ago, a Newtownards man claimed that he had been a passenger in the gunmen's car after a drinking session looking for a victim.

This man will be asked to attend the inquest to be held in Dundalk later in the year. Allegations of a protected police informer involved in the murder of Seamus Ludlow are also expected to surface at the inquest.

Ludlow family note for clarification of the above: 

Seamus Ludlow was of course murdered on the night of 1st and 2nd May 1976 - that is, 26 years ago - and it is believed that two of the fatal bullets were sent north by the Gardai to the Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory.

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The Irish Independent, 19 July 2002: Fresh inquest into death of murdered man

The Irish News, 19 July 2002: Family welcome inquest 26 years after murder

The Irish Times, 19 July 2002: New inquest ordered into Louth man's death

The Dundalk Democrat, 20 July 2002: Second inquest to be held into the death of Seamus Ludlow

The Sunday Life, 28 July 2002: Inquest to name Ludlow killers

The Irish Examiner Online - Breaking News, 29 July 2002: Call for public inquiry into 1976 murder


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