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.





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Right: Plain clothes detective John Courtney, Dublin Murder Squad, pictured second from right, with other detectives and uniformed Gardai in the lane where Seamus Ludlow was murdered. The photograph dates from the day after the crime was committed.Gardai investigation: This photograph, said to date from the day after Seamus Ludlow's body was discovered in May 1976, shows former Chief Superintendent John Courtney, in plain clothes (second from right) and other members of the Gardai investigation team in the lane at the scene of the crime. Just what they were looking for remains a mystery. 

Now retired, ex-Garda murder squad detective  Mr. Courtney, is reported to have received an investigation  file, identifying at least three Loyalist suspects for Seamus Ludlow's murder from the RUC in Belfast in 1979. The existence of this file was never made known to the Ludlow family, who were still being told that there were no other suspects. No action of any kind was taken against the suspects by either the Gardai or the RUC until their arrest in 1998.



Photograph: The Lisdoo Arms public house on the Newry road just north of Dundalk. Seamus Ludlow was last seen drinking in this bar around 11.30 pm on the night of Saturday, 1st. May, 1976. It is believed that his killers abducted him from the roadside soon afterwards.Pictured here is the Lisdoo Arms public house on the N1 road just north of Dundalk, the last place where Seamus Ludlow was seen drinking on the night of 1 May 1976. There are reports that in the days after his murder, the Gardai were given information from a member of the public which identified a British soldier who was inside this bar at around the same time. They were also given the registration number of a car with three men inside that was parked nearby. This information was published by the late Michael Cunningham, in his book Monaghan County of Intrigue in 1979.

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