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 News, 5 May 1999:

Victim's relatives unveil plaque

Relatives of Seamus Ludlow unveiled a new memorial outside Dundalk yesterday at the spot where his body was discovered in 1976.

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

The Irish government is expected to announce an inquiry in the coming weeks. which the family hope will examine claims of gardai collusion and cover-up following the death

Attending the private ceremony were Kevin Ludlow, the dead man's only surviving brother, and nephews Jimmy Sharkey and Brendan Larkin.

The plaque now reads: "In loving memory of Seamus Ludlow who was cruelly murdered by UDR/Red Hand Commando on May 2, 1976."

The relatives also travelled to Templetown beach yesterday where gardai are digging for the remains of Belfast woman Jean McConville to offer sympathy to her children.

"Kevin decided we should go down to Templetown, which I thought was a marvellous gesture, and there we met three of Jean McConville's sons," said Jimmy Sharkey yesterday.

"We offered our support and sympathy to them and they said they were delighted we came down and thanked us for the gesture."

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