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

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The Irish News, 28 December 2004:

Murder inquest set for January

By Valerie Robinson

Southern Correspondent

The long-awaited inquest into the murder of Seamus Ludlow is due to begin in the new year, according to the Louth County Coroner.

Ronan Maguire told the Irish News he was confident of holding a preliminary hearing into the 1976 border killing early next month.

The coroner also confirmed that he had completed his study of an internal Garda report compiled by retired Chief Superintendent Ted Murphy, into the initial murder investigation.

Mr Ludlow (47), a forestry worker, was lured into a car by loyalist paramilitaries and murdered before his body was dumped in a country laneway in May 1976. 

Relatives hoped the Murphy report might contain vital information about the failure of gardai to bring his killers to justice, despite the belief that they had been given the men's names by the RUC.

Mr Maguire said he could not be sure how much detail from the report would be made public during the inquest.

"It will depend on submissions made by the lawyers of the family and gardai," he said.

At one point, the coroner threatened to take the matter to Atorney General Rory Brady after experiencing repeated delays in receiving a copy of the report from Garda Chiefs.

Mr Ludlow's family has described his case as a "burning sore" that has continued to fester almost 30 years after the abduction and murder.

Meanwhile, the human rights campaign group The Celtic League has written to the Republic's justice minister, Michael McDowell, asking why there were "apparent obstructions" being placed in the path of the long-delayed inquest into the Ludlow murder.

Spokesman Bernard Moffatt said he received a reply from the minister's office earlier this month, which read: "The minister is informed by the Garda authorities that legal considerations arose in relation to the Louth County Coroner's request in this matter.

"However, the minister is pleased to inform you that these issues have now been resolved and it is understood that four documents, suitably redacted, have now been forwarded to the coroner and that these are in excess of the original request."




The Dundalk Democrat, 30 December 2004: Second inquest into Ludlow murder

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