The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?
Introduction to the murder of Seamus Ludlow and the official cover-up.
The recent Campaign for Truth and Justice.
Other Ludlow Family Sites.
The Newry Reporter, 8 October 1998
Family blames Loyalists
Family to clear murder victim's name
Demand for public inquiry
The family of a Dundalk man, Mr Seamus Ludlow who was found murdered in a country lane south of the Armagh border 22 years ago, are campaigning to clear his name.
The family say that at the time it was claimed that Mr Ludlow had been killed in May 1976 by the IRA as an informer, which they completely reject, and they have been further angered that several books written from the mid-seventies on have made the same scurrilous claim.
The family believe that in fact Mr Ludlow was murdered by Loyalists - some of whom were members of the UDR and that in February this year four men were detained and questioned by the RUC in relation to the murder, but were all released without charge.
They also claim that the Gardai had files on the men suspected of the murder for over twenty years and that this information came from a source within the police.
Mr Kevin Ludlow, the dead man's brother, said he had not been informed of the inquest into the death until it was too late.
Now the family are demanding a public inquiry and they are being supported by a number of human rights groups, which have expressed an interest in the case, demanding that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice.
An alleged witness to the murder, has revealed that he had been drinking in Comber, Co Down with three Red Hand Commando members - two of them UDR men - when they decided to head across the border into Co Louth. The abducted Seamus Ludlow as he walked home.
The man alleged that he got out of the car to go to the toilet when he heard three bangs. The others dragged Seamus' body out of the car and on to a bank where it was discovered the following day by family members.
There was speculation Mr Ludlow was mistaken for a Republican to whom he bore a striking resemblance.