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, 11 March 2003:

Family 'cautious' over inquest progress

By Valerie Robinson

THE family of Seamus Ludlow are still awaiting official confirmation of a meeting with the coroner due to conduct an inquest into the forestry worker’s death.

Louth County Coroner Ronan Maguire told The Irish News last week that he planned to meet the relatives and give them access to a Garda report on the murder.

Mr Ludlow's nephew Michael Donegan yesterday revealed that the family had not yet been contacted by the coroner's office.

"As yet I have heard no more about the proposed Ludlow family meeting with the coroner. . .It appears that we will be contacted through our family solicitor," he said.

Mr Donegan was speaking as the Celtic League welcomed news that Mr Maguire was making progress in preparations for the inquest.

Secretary general Bernard Moffatt said that the league continued to support the campaign for an enquiry into Mr Ludlow's murder by loyalists as well as pressing the Irish government "to be more open" and the British authorities in the north to "adopt a more positive stance".

Mr Moffatt, however, urged the Ludlow family to remain "cautious" in their response to any news of progress in the case, adding: "Indeed they should be cautious because it has become quite clear from the machinations down through the years to obstruct explanation and bringing to justice the killers of Seamus Ludlow that a cover-up at the highest level has been undertaken."

The campaigner said that in the present climate of peace and reconciliation there were "vested interests within both the Irish and British administrations which do not wish to have too much scrutiny focused on the activities of the loyalist "commandos", armed and supported by British intelligence, which waged a dirty war of killings and bombings in the south of Ireland in the 1970s".

Seamus Ludlow was shot dead in a lane close to his Mountpleasant home, Co Louth, in May 1976 after accepting a lift in a northern-registered car.

It is widely believed that a loyalist killer gang from the Red Hand Commando, including two serving members of the UDR, was behind the murder.

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The Argus, 27 August 1976: Inquest hears of North Louth shooting

Monaghan County of Intrigue (1979) by the late Michael Cunningham: Quoting from Mr. Cunningham's account of his private investigation of Seamus Ludlow's murder. 

The Argus, special report 30 August 1985: On May 1st 1974, a forestry worker left his home to go for a drink: the following day his bullet riddled body was found. Nine years later we ask: WHO KILLED SEAMUS LUDLOW?

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 Irish Examiner Online - Breaking News, 29 July 2002: Call for public inquiry into 1976 murder

The Irish News 5 March 2003: Family's wait for murder file over

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 March 2003: Ludlow murder: files to be made available


The Irish News, 21 March 2003: Loyalist murder inquiry call renewed



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