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