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







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.




Introduction    to the             murder of       Seamus           Ludlow and     the official     cover-up.       

Frequently asked Questions.

Brief Review.


Michael Cunningham investigation - 1978

Witness Account 1998

Ludlow Family account 1998.



The recent     Campaign       for Truth and  Justice.          

Latest Reports.

25th Anniversary.

Louth County Council Support.

BIRW Report.

BIRW Update Message.

Irish Victims Commission Report.

Hamilton - Barron  Inquiry

Ludlow family's questions for the RUC (now the PSNI).


Linda Porra's Editorial.

Jim J. Kane's letter to the N I Human Rights Commission.

Jim J. Kane's letter to the RUC

Press Release 

Ed Moloney radio Interview.

Ludlow Family Letter to Bertie Ahern 

Press Coverage.


Guest Book

Mailing List

E-Mail Form

Tell a Friend

Search this Site.


Other          Ludlow        Family         Sites.          

First Ludlow Site

Domain Name Site

The Dundalk Bombing

The Irish Examiner, 30 September 1999:

Bombings investigations but no public inquiry

John Downing, Chief Political Correspondent

A RETIRED judge from the Supreme or High Court will investigate the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, in which 33 people died, but there will be no public inquiry.

In spite of protests from bereaved relatives and some opposition TDs, the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern said yesterday the probe into the biggest atrocity of the troubles will be held in private and the findings published later.

Mr Ahern told the Dáil that the government has accepted the report compiled earlier this summer by former Tanaiste, John Wilson, and a retired judge of either the Supreme or High Court will be appointed shortly to take charge of the matter.

The Taoiseach said there will also be an inquiry into a bombing in Dundalk and the murder of a forestry worker, Seamus Ludlow, near Dundalk in 1976.

In the murder case, the findings may not be published as it could jeopardise potential criminal proceedings.

Dublin Socialist TD, Joe Higgins, said a public inquiry should be held and warned of repeated fears that there was a sinister involvement by elements of the British intelligence services.

A news conference announcing the findings of the Victims’ Commission chaired by Mr Wilson was disrupted last August by injury victims of the incidents and bereaved relatives who alleged ‘a cover up’.

Replying to questions from Sinn Féin TD, Caoimhghín O´ Caoláin, Mr Ahern said he met the relatives’ and victims’ group, Justice for the Forgotten last April. An inter-departmental group later met with them following the report’s publication.

Mr Ahern said the government formally endorsed Mr Wilson’s report at its meeting on Tuesday.

The Taoiseach also told Charles Flanagan of Fine Gael that a bombing in Sackville Place, Dublin, in the early 1970s would not be part of these investigations.


I Home  I Top  I Press Coverage I

The Examiner, 10 August 1999: Report recommends inquiries into Ludlow murder, Dundalk bombing

The Dundalk Democrat, 14 August 1999: "Ludlow inquiry must be public" - says Arthur Morgan

The Dundalk Democrat, 14 August 1999: "Dublin/Monaghan bombings inquiry should be public" says O Caolain

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 August 1999: "A deafening silence"

The Sunday Tribune, Letters to the Editor, 19 September 1999: In support of Ed Moloney

The Irish Examiner, 30 September 1999: Bombings investigations but no public inquiry

The Argus Weekender, 2 October 1999: Cabinet broadens scope of enquiry to include the Dundalk bombing

The Dundalk Democrat, 2 October 1999: Private enquiries into Ludlow murder and Dundalk bombing

The Sunday Tribune, 3 October 1999:  Ludlow inquiry limited 

The Irish Times, 13 October 1999: Victims seek wider inquiry

The Irish News,  13 October 1999: Families call for inquiries into loyalist murders

An Phoblacht/Republican News, 14 October 1999: Relatives demand justice