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

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The Irish Independent, 25 May 2005:

 

New inquest in Ludlow killing case

A SECOND inquest is to be held into the death of Seamus Ludlow, a Dundalk man who was abducted and killed by loyalists almost 30 years ago.

At a preliminary hearing held yesterday to discuss the scope of the new inquest, County Coroner Ronan Maguire set September 5 as the date that the hearing will begin.

Mr Ludlow was abducted by a loyalist gang driving through Dundalk and was taken to a remote area where he was shot.

James MacGuill, solicitor for relatives, said what happened on May 2, 1976, was clearly a murder but the Garda investigation into it was concluded three weeks later.

As of 1979, the gardai were aware of the identity of the persons responsible, and he believed there was a case to inquire as to why that investigation was not pursued.

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See also:

The Irish News, 26 April 2005: Inquest into 1976 murder set to begin

The Argus (Dundalk), 6 May 2005: Seamus Ludlow Inquest

The Sunday Business Post, 8 May 2005: Coroner to re-examine 1976 murder

RTE News, 24 May 2005: Date set for new Ludlow inquest

The Argus ( Dundalk ), 27 May 2005: Date set for second inquest into Seamus Ludlow murder

 

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