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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, 7 August 1999:

Ludlows call for public inquiry

By Aeneas Bonner

Relatives of Seamus Ludlow joined calls yesterday for any new judicial inquiries into loyalist murders in the Republic to be held in public.

Families of those killed and injured in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974 had reacted furiously to a report recommending a judicial inquiry to be held in private.

The report by the Republic's commissioner on victims and former tanaiste John Wilson also recommended a similar private inquiry into the controversial death of Seamus Ludlow near Dundalk in 1976.

Kevin Ludlow, the dead man's only surviving brother, said yesterday that he welcomed news of any inquiry but insisted it must not be held in private.

"We are happy with an inquiry but definitely not that it will be held behind closed doors. The doors have been closed and double locked to us for 23 years," he said.

Seamus Ludlow is thought to have been abducted by a Red Hand Commando gang including two UDR men as he hitched a lift home from Dundalk in May 1976.

The family say questions about the actions of security forces on both sides of the border must be discussed in public, in particular allegations of a Garda "cover-up".

Kevin Ludlow said yesterday he could not understand why an inquiry should be held in private and said the whole family was "very disappointed".

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