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The Irish News, 27 July 1999:

Family angry at "stalling" over inquiry

By Aeneas Bonner

Relatives of Seamus Ludlow, a Dundalk man murdered in controversial circumstances in 1976, have reacted angrily to a letter received yesterday from the Irish government.

The family has been involved in a long campaign for a public inquiry into the killing, which has raised questions about the actions of security forces on both sides of the border.

A letter was sent to Taoiseach Bertie Ahern asking for  clarification over press reports that the Irish government was set to announce an inquiry into the case.

The reply received yesterday said the government could not comment on the speculation until it received a report currently being finalised by the Garda Commissioner.

Michael Donegan, a nephew of the murdered man, said yesterday that he was "very, very disappointed and frustrated" at the letter.

"This is not a response at all - they are just refusing to engage with us. The whole thing has basically stalled and we, the family, don't know where it's going," he said.

Mr Donegan said he had understood the government was already in possession of the Garda report and questioned whether political considerations were the true cause of the delay.

"They won't tell us anything, all they will concede is that the man was murdered. They simply won't answer our questions about press reports that there will be an inquiry. Is there going to be a public inquiry or not?" he said.

The family is also waiting to hear if charges will be brought by the Northern Ireland director of public prosecutions against four men arrested last year in relation to the murder.

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