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







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The Irish News, 11 February, 2004:

Ludlow family consider civil case against Garda

By Valerie Robinson,

The family of Seamus Ludlow is to consider suing the Garda Siochana after Justice Henry Barron publishes his report into the 1976 murder. The revelation comes as a Sunday newspaper claimed that a British-based loyalist is expected to be questioned over the murder.

Samuel Black-Carroll, now living in the Midlands, was among four suspects arrested and quizzed by the RUC in 1998 in connection with the murder of the Catholic forestry worker near his Co Louth home.

Mr Ludlow's family was infuriated when the DPP revealed that it had no plans to bring charges against the four in 1999.

His nephew Kevin Sharkey last night (Tuesday) said he now believed that Mr Ludlow's killers would never face justice because both the PSNI and the Garda lacked the will to satisfactorily complete their investigations.

Seamus Ludlow's family is currently awaiting the publication of a report by Judge Barron into the killing 28 years ago. It is expected that the document will be made public before the spring.

Relatives have continued to claim that no charges were ever brought by the Northern Ireland authorities in relation to the murder because a key figure was an informant, who was also a member of the Red Hand Commandos.

Mr Sharkey said: "I personally believe that those responsible for Seamus's murder will never be brought to justice because the PSNI and the gardai don't want to open old sores.

"Now we want to go after the people who suppressed evidence after the murder and that's why we will consider taking a civil case against the gardai after the Barron report is published."

Relatives are scheduled to hold a meeting with the former Supreme Court judge later this month to discuss his ongoing investigation.

Justice Barron already reported in December that he believed it was "likely" that elements of the British security forces colluded with loyalist paramilitaries to carry out the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

During his three-year inquiry, the judge was, however, unable to establish whether the British government or any senior police or British army figures had worked with the UVF to plan the car bomb attacks which killed 33 people and an unborn baby.

Last month, an Oireachtas sub-committee began hearings in Dublin to consider the findings of the judge's report.

Meanwhile, the Birmingham-based Sunday Mercury newspaper reported at the weekend that Samuel Black-Carroll may be detained and questioned for a second time about the Ludlow killing.

The 50-year-old, dubbed Mambo by his associates, was linked to UDA commander John McKeague, who was killed by the INLA in 1982.

He is understood to move between Liverpool and Rugeley in Staffordshire where he has lived since the late 1980s, but spent time behind bars four years ago after he attacked a man whom he claimed had called him "Semtex Sam".

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The Sunday Mercury

Justice for the Forgotten at The Barron Report on the May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings can be downloaded in pdf format from

Ireland on Sunday, 12 October 2003: Top names linked to Dublin-Monaghan atrocity Bombs report names gardai 'collaborators'

The Sunday Independent, 2 November 3003: Net is closing in on Dublin car bombers

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 November 2003: Dundalk bombing and Ludlow murder ignored

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 November 2003: Family feel inquiry will make little difference

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 November 2003: Inquest could be next January

The Irish News, 8 November 2003: No mention of Dundalk victims in Barron report

The Irish News, 11 November 2003: Interview loyalist over witness claim judge told

The Dundalk Democrat, Editorial, 20 December 2003: No cause for optimism following Barron Report

The Dundalk Democrat, 20 December 2003: Missing files a matter of concern for Ludlow relatives

The Dundalk Democrat, 20 December 2003: Bombing families fear truth will never be known

The Irish Daily Star (Northern Edition), 29 January 2004: Family wants truth about murder

The Sunday Mercury, (English Midlands newspaper) 8 February 2004: Midland man may face 1976 murder quiz

The Irish Daily Star (Northern Edition), 9 February 2003: 'Shine light on Ludlow files' Family calls for answer Exclusive

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