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 Irish Daily Star, 1 April 2004:

Call for bombings inquiry in U.K.

Dail committee reports findings.

By Mick Browne.

A public inquiry into the Dublin-Monaghan atrocities should be held in Britain, a powerful Dail committee urged last night.

The Dail Justice Committee called for British authorities to appoint a senior international judge to investigate allegations of state collusion with loyalist bombers who killed 33 people, including a pregnant woman, in 1974.

If the British government do not cooperate with the setting up of an inquiry, then the Government should initiate proceedings against it in the European Court of Human Rights, the committee said.

They also said the judge conducting the investigation into the atrocities should have the power to recommend a public inquiry in either Britain or Ireland if he sees fit.

The committee also called for the setting up of two separate inquiries in this country relating to the attacks.

One should inquire into the original Garda investigation and why certain leads were not followed up, while another should look at how relevant files went missing from the Department of Justice.


Margaret Urwin, spokesperson for the Justice for the Forgotten group, representing many of the victims and families of the atrocities said last night: "The committee called for answers on why key Garda files disappeared, why the original Garda investigation stopped so quickly, why an armed British army officer acting suspiciously that evening in Dublin was allowed to leave on a ferry and known suspects never pursued.

"And they have called for an international judge to be appointed. . . to be able to examine these issues across jurisdictions, just like Judge Cory with inquiries into other cases.

"Their findings now put huge pressure on Bertie Ahern to ensure Tony Blair agrees to these measures being implemented."

Margaret added: "Their findings now put huge pressure on Bertie Ahern to ensure Tony Blair agrees to these measures being implemented"

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Barron Report

The Barron Report on the May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings can be downloaded in pdf format from

Final Report on the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings, laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas on 31 March 2004. Full text available atáil/jcjedwr-debates/BarronReportFinal.pdf 

Justice for the Forgotten Press Statement (2 March 2004)

See Also:

The Irish News, 8 November 2003: No mention of Dundalk victims in Barron report

The Irish News, 11 November 2003: Interview loyalist over witness claim judge told

The Dundalk Democrat, Editorial, 20 December 2003: No cause for optimism following Barron Report

The Dundalk Democrat, 20 December 2003: Missing files a matter of concern for Ludlow relatives

The Dundalk Democrat, 20 December 2003: Bombing families fear truth will never be known

The Irish Daily Star (Northern Edition), 29 January 2004: Family wants truth about murder

The Sunday Mercury, (English Midlands newspaper) 8 February 2004: Midland man may face 1976 murder quiz

The Irish Daily Star (Northern Edition), 9 February 2003: 'Shine light on Ludlow files' Family calls for answer Exclusive

The Sunday World, 15 February 2004: Killed and Forgotten How an innocent hero was killed by loyalist murder squad

RTE Television News, online, 23 February 2004: Barron meets relatives of man killed by UDA

The Irish News, 24 February 2004: Relatives of 1976 murder victim meet Justice Barron

The Irish Daily Star, 24 February 2004: Loyalist murder report hope

The Dundalk Democrat, 28 February 2004: Gardai have the Ludlow bullets

The Dundalk Democrat, 28 February 2004: Murder on their mind

Irish Daily Star (Northern Edition), 1 March 2004: Ludlow nephew calls on Justice Barron to locate bullets that killed his uncle Seamus in 1976

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