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, 6 August 2002: 

Celtic League to fight on for murder inquiry

By Valerie Robinson

The Celtic League has vowed to continue fighting for a public inquiry into the loyalist murder of forestry worker Seamus Ludlow 26 years ago.

The league, which held its annual general meeting in the Isle of Man at the weekend, adopted a resolution welcoming the decision of the Republic's Attorney General Rory Brady to instruct the Co Louth coroner, Ronan Maguire, to hold a fresh inquest into Mr Ludlow's death.

The organization, which has  branches in Europe's six Celtic regions, reiterated its support for the Ludlow family's ongoing campaign for a full and independent public enquiry.

League secretary general Bernard Moffatt said there were substantial allegations that the ,murder was committed by a loyalist murder gang which may have had links to British security forces in Northern Ireland.

Last month an official from Rory Brady's Dublin office informed Mr Ludlow's family that he would instruct the Louth coroner to hold a new inquest.

The relatives had been unhappy with an inquest held in August 1976, claiming that gardai had failed to inform them that it was scheduled to take place and no member of the Ludlow family was present.

Mr Ludlow, a Catholic forestry worker, was found shot dead on a country lane on May 2 1976 after he had spent the evening in a Dundalk pub. He had been shot three times at close range.

The 47-year-old bachelor was last seen getting into a car with a northern registration number.

His relatives believe security forces on both sides of the border were aware of the killers' identities but worked together to protect the the man who orchestrated the murder because of his suspected role as an agent.

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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

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

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