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







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The Irish News, Letters to the Editor, 28 November 2001:

Letters to the Editor
The Editor, The Irish News,
113-117 Donegall Street,
Belfast, BT1 2GE

All cases of suspected collusion should now be fully investigated

I HAVE read with interest your report (November 27) of the British decision to appoint a judge to investigate further allegations of collusion in the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane and others.

Your report states: “The judge would investigate allegations of collusion in the murders of Mr Finucane, Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan, Lord Justice and Lady Gibson and LVF leader Billy Wright. And would have power to recommend public inquiries where necessary.”

There should of course be a full public inquiry into the murder of Mr Finucane.

While I do not automatically endorse or trust this latest British development, given the well trodden path of previous flawed investigations, I do wish to address a few brief points to the British authorities.

Why stop with the above-mentioned cases?

Why not investigate the obvious collusion involved in the murder of my late uncle Seamus Ludlow, who was killed by UDR and Red Hand Commando personnel inside Co Louth on May 2 1976?

Why not also investigate the foul murders of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters, the victims of the Dundalk bombing of December 19 1975?

Further, why not fully cooperate with the ongoing Dublin private Barron inquiry into the infamous Dublin and Monaghan bombings by finally handing over the long requested security files and documentation which was requested by Mr Justice Barron several months ago?

There is certainly ample reason for investigation of the collusion involved in all these cases and more.

The Ludlow family, blighted by state indifference – on both sides of the border – to the loss of their loved one at the hands of British agents, of course renews its demand for a public judicial inquiry into both the murder of Seamus Ludlow and the long cover-up and smear campaign that followed, but there seems little evidence here to suggest that Britain has changed its disdainful attitude to the relatives of the victims of its state murder gangs in Ireland.


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