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 Independent, 13 June 2003:


Victims and families a step nearer the truth

ALMOST three decades have passed since three car bombs ripped through Dublin during rush hour killing 26 people. Within hours a fourth bomb killed seven people in Monaghan. In all 200 people were wounded.

The May 1974 bombings were the worst single atrocity of the Troubles.

The relatives of those killed and injured have spent 29 years seeking the truth about who was responsible for the deaths of their family members.

So many other atrocities followed those bombings but the pain and the sad memories never dimmed for those relatives, and equally for the relatives of the two people who died in the Dundalk bombing in 1975. Groups like Justice for the Forgotten, which represents most of the bereaved, have never given up hope that the true facts behind the bombings would some day emerge. And now at last, they can see some light beginning to emerge at the end of a very long tunnel.

The news yesterday that the Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell had agreed to reopen the inquests into the deaths was a very significant development for these families who have felt largely abandoned for so many years.

Solicitor for the families Greg O'Neill described it as "hugely symbolic" because it would mark an "official acknowledgment of the men, women and children who were slaughtered on that day." Back in 1974 the inquests were opened but then adjourned at the request of the Garda Commissioner. After waiting so long the families have also recently learnt that the inquiry, headed by Mr Justice Henry Barron, and ordered by the Government into the bombings, will be completed in September.

The inquests of the 26 people killed in Dublin, and one victim of the Monaghan bombing who died in Dublin, will take place once the Barron Report has been published. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has taken a particular interest in sorting something out for these families. He was responsible for the inquiry being established and promised at the time that there would be access to all relevant files and papers of Government departments and the Garda Siochana.

The investigation was to include an examination of the nature and adequacy of Garda investigations; the adequacy of co-operation from the Northern Ireland authorities; the handling of scientific analyses of forensic evidence; the reasons why no prosecutions took place; and whether, and if so by whom and to what extent, the investigations were impeded.

However the attitude of the British Government has been in marked contrast. There have been regular claims that members of British or RUC intelligence were involved in the bombings.

The inquiry has been repeatedly frustrated by a lack of co-operation from the British authorities significantly delaying its progress. It emerged that the British Ministry of Defence ordered staff employed by it in 1974 not to co-operate with the inquiry. But after the Taoiseach made representations to British Premier Tony Blair a number of months ago the situation does seem to have improved. Mr Ahern was told by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Paul Murphy that new files had been found by the British government dealing with the bombings. Mr Ahern said Mr Murphy had given him an assurance that the British had done "an enormous trawl" of their files.

Once the inquiry is complete it will first be presented to the Government, to be followed by an examination of the report in public session by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality Defence and Women's Rights. The Committee will be asked to advise on what the report has achieved in relation to its objective to find out the truth about the bombings. If the report failed in its objective they must advise on whether a public inquiry should be established.

Alison O'Connor
Political Correspondent


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The Dundalk Democrat, 18 May 2002: Book claims to identify Dundalk bombers

The Irish Times, 18 May 2002: 1974 bomb victims remembered in Dublin ceremony


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

Ulster Television (UTV), online 29 July 2002: Celtic League in demand over murder

The Examiner, 30 July 2002: Ludlow killers to be named

The Irish News, 6 August 2002: Celtic League to fight on for murder inquiry

The Argus (Dundalk), 23 August 2002: Coroner wants the law changed to compel witnesses to attend inquests

The Irish News, 27 August 2002, Loyalist victim's family call for answers

The Irish News, 29 August 2002: Murder bullets lost, Ludlow family told

Magill Magazine, September 2002:The Truth Trickles Out   Mystery has always surrounded the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings. An independent inquiry has been set up to look at the events surrounding the attacks, and the bombing of Dundalk the following year. Donall O Maolfabhail reports on its likely findings.

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 September 2002: Barron investigations lead to public inquiry into Dundalk bombing

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 December 2002: Author identifies those who may have been responsible Book on bombing to be launched on Saturday

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 December 2002:  Nearly 30 years on from Dundalk bombing and the fight for justice continues

The Dundalk Democrat, 04 January 2003: A photograph of Joe Tiernan's book launch in Dundalk. (See above Dundalk Democrat 21 December 2002)

The Sunday Times, January 12, 2003: Army 'link' to Dublin bombings

RM Distribution, 13 January 2003: Dublin/Monaghan bombs came from British Army - report

Sunday Business Post, 19 January 2003: Dublin-Monaghan: will the truth finally out?

Ulster Television News online, 27 February, 2003: Irish justice group 'furious' over Barron Inquiry

The Irish Examiner online edition, 27 February 2003: Group calls for new Dublin-Monaghan bombings inquiry

BBC News online, 28 February 2003: Troubles victims fund set up

The Irish News, 5 March 2003: Family's wait for murder file over

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 March 2003: Ludlow murder: files to be made available

The Irish News, 11 March 2003: Family 'cautious' over inquest progress

The Dundalk Democrat, 15 March 2003: Plaque to Patrick Mone unveiled

The Irish News, 21 March 2003: Loyalist murder inquiry call renewed

The Irish Sun, 26 March 2003: Report on Ludlow to be unveiled

The Daily Irish Star, 26 March 2003: Inquiry into man's murder

The Irish News, 27 March 2003: Government 'will not keep Ludlow secrets'

The Irish Times, 13 June 2003, Inquest on 1974 Dublin bombs to reopen


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