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 Sun, 26 March 2003:

Report on Ludlow to be unveiled

By Sun Reporter

 The findings of an inquiry into the murder of forestry worker Seamus Ludlow 26 years ago are to be made public.

 Justice Minister Michael McDowell said the Government did not want to keep the report secret.

 Mr Ludlow, 47, was shot by four Loyalists - two of them Ulster Defence Regiment  members - in May 1976, his family believe.

 At the  time it was claimed the IRA killed him but top Republican sources dismissed this.

 He is believed to have been targeted at random as he hitched a lift from Dundalk to his home in Thistlecross.


 No one claimed responsibility for the killing.

 Mr McDowell said the inquiry findings would be published "as far as it is legally possible".

 The Ludlow family is co-operating with the inquiry being led by Judge Henry Barron.

 But nephew Jimmy Sharkey said he would believe the Minister's claim "when I see it".

 A new inquest is to be held at which Mr Ludlow's family hope fresh evidence will be given.

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The Irish News, 5 March 2003: Family's wait for murder file over

The Dundalk Democrat, 8 March 2003: Ludlow murder: files to be made available

The Irish News, 11 March 2003: Family 'cautious' over inquest progress

The Dundalk Democrat, 15 March 2003: Plaque to Patrick Mone unveiled

The Irish News, 21 March 2003: Loyalist murder inquiry call renewed


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