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, 24 February 2004:

Relatives of 1976 murder victim meet Justice Barron

 

Relatives of murder victim Seamus Ludlow have said they believe an investigation by Justice Henry Barron will form a sound basis for a public inquiry. The retired Supreme Court judge travelled to Dundalk yesterday to meet relatives of the forestry worker, who was gunned down by a loyalist gang in 1976.

Mr Ludlow's nephew Jimmy Sharkey said the family had taken the judge to visit a monument to the murder victim, and shown him the site where the body was recovered in a rural laneway. He described Justice Barron's two-hour meeting with the family as "productive", adding that relatives had learned that the judge's findings would be published later this year. He said that the judge had told the family that he had received some information from the PSNI, but was waiting for further details. There were also files that he had not yet received south of the border. Mr Sharkey said he believed the judge (Barron) would find that four loyalist suspects in the abduction and murder had travelled to Co. Louth on that night to target a "named person" who lived locally, but was not in the area at the time. He added, that he was "reasonably satisfied" by the effort the judge was making to uncover the facts behind the murder and subsequent Garda and RUC investigations.

 "We wanted to leave Justice Barron in no doubt about what the family wanted from him. It cannot be a whitewash or a fudge. I personally believe that his report could form the basis for a public inquiry," Mr Sharkey said.

 

 

See also: 

The Irish Daily Star, 24 February 2004: Loyalist murder report hope

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