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 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 News, 2 July 1999:

Family still awaits DPP verdict

By Aeneas Bonner

Relatives of Seamus Ludlow, who was murdered by loyalists near Dundalk in 1976, called yesterday for "movement" from authorities north and south of the border.

Michael Donegan, a nephew of the murdered man, said the family were 'confused' at the silence of the DPP and Irish government and were concerned their case might be ignored once again.

The family has been involved in a long campaign for a public inquiry into the controversial killing, believed to have been carried out by members of the UDR and Red Hand Commandos.

Four men were arrested last year and questioned about the case and relatives are still awaiting a decision by the DPP whether to press charges against the men.

Speculation also grew last month that the Irish government would announce an inquiry into the killing, which was expected to examine claims of collusion and cover-up following the death.

"We had hints from various sources that a decision would come before the end of April, but it is now the end of June, and we still haven't heard anything," said Mr Donegan yesterday.

"It seems a long time to consider a file when we know there is evidence from two of the individuals. By all accounts the RUC and Gardai knew about these men for a number of years but it is us who are being kept in the dark."

Mr Donegan is also awaiting confirmation by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern that an inquiry will be held about his uncle's murder and details about its exact parameters.

He is keen that any inquiry would examine the conduct of the gardai in the weeks following the murder in 1976 and not start in 1979, when details of the killers are first alleged to have emerged.

"We want to make sure the world knows what happened to this man. No-one knew for 23 years and there is a lot of catching up to do. But no-one will talk to us until the DPP makes a move."

It is understood the DPP is awaiting a last piece of legal advice and will make an announcement sometime later this month.

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