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, 18 February 1999:
Ludlow murder - human rights group backs public inquiry
Calls for a public inquiry into the murder 23 years ago of Dundalk man, Mr Seamus Ludlow have been supported by British Irish Rights Watch.
The human rights organization is also seeking answers to a number of very relevant questions, including why the initial Gardai investigation stopped suddenly after three weeks; why the family were excluded from the inquest and exactly what information the Gardai held about the murder and for how long.
These questions and others are contained in a detailed report compiled by British Irish Rights Watch. A public meeting will be held in Dundalk Town Hall on Thursday, February 18 when a number of specially invited guests will speak about the report.
Mr. Ludlow, a Catholic, was born in 1929, and lived for 47 years at Mountpleasant, Dundalk. According to his family he was never a member of any paramilitary organization. He had been shot three times and his body dumped in a lane at Culfore, just half a mile from his home. It was discovered at 3.00 pm by a tourist on May 2 1976.
Media speculation at the time suggested that Gardai investigating the possibility that Mr Ludlow had been mistaken by his murderers for a top republican and was on the wanted list of the SAS and the Ulster Volunteer Force.
Mr. Ludlow's relatives have accused the Gardai of conducting an orchestrated smear campaign against the dead man by making unfounded allegations that he was murdered by the IRA for being an informer. The IRA denied any responsibility for his murder at the time.
The report points out that the family believe that the Gardai ignored an important line of enquiry, namely that Seamus Ludlow was a victim of British Army or Loyalist killers intent on murdering a top Provisional IRA man.