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 Sunday Business Post, 29 June 2003:

Irish government `helped the British' during Troubles

29/06/03 00:00

By Paul T Colgan

The Irish government and the Garda Special Branch cooperated with Britain in its "dirty war" in Ireland, it has been claimed.

Film-maker Paul Larkin told an audience at the Gresham Hotel last Friday night that the authorities in the Republic had assisted "an extreme right-wing and unaccountable oligarchy" in the North throughout the Troubles.

Larkin, who has made several films detailing British "dirty tricks", said he believed the Dublin and Monaghan bombings that claimed the lives of 33 people in 1974 were orchestrated
by an unaccountable British military cabal. He was speaking in a personal capacity at a meeting organised by the Justice for the Forgotten group.

The Dublin and Monaghan bombings coincided with the Ulster Workers' Council strike in the North which was designed to bring down the Sunningdale power-sharing agreement. The attacks represent the biggest loss of life in the 30 years of the Troubles.

The loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) claimed responsibility for the bombings, but is widely believed to have been assisted by the British army. Larkin said the Special Branch had cooperated with the British authorities, who sought to prevent a proper follow-up investigation.

Inquests into the deaths of six people killed in Monaghan were held in 1974, but the Dublin inquest was immediately adjourned at the request of the Garda Siochana. An inquest into the atrocities was formally re-opened earlier this month, with full inquests set to follow publication of the Barron Inquiry's report in September.

"I believe that what happened in those dark days of 1974 was nothing short of a military coup," Larkin said, "which inserted an extreme right-wing and unaccountable oligarchy into power in the six counties. This oligarchy then set about constructing the apparatus for a dirty war against the Irish.

"Based on what I believe is thorough research, `our' government, if you like, and our guardians of the peace chose to cooperate with - and sometimes even assist - the perpetrators of the `dirty war'.

"We now know, more or less, the individuals - both within loyalism and British intelligence - who were involved in collusion at that time. What we now need to find out is who exactly within Garda Special Branch, and possibly within the government itself, were working with them."

Former British intelligence officers Colin Wallace and Fred Holroyd also spoke at the event. Wallace, a former senior British Army intelligence officer in the North in the early 1970s, has given evidence to the Bloody Sunday inquiry in Derry. Holroyd, a military intelligence officer based in Portadown in the early 1970s, has also gone on the record about British "dirty tricks" in Ireland.

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The Dundalk Democrat, 18 May 2002: Book claims to identify Dundalk bombers

The Irish Times, 18 May 2002: 1974 bomb victims remembered in Dublin ceremony


The Irish Independent, 19 July 2002: Fresh inquest into death of murdered man

The Irish News, 19 July 2002: Family welcome inquest 26 years after murder

The Irish Times, 19 July 2002: New inquest ordered into Louth man's death


The Dundalk Democrat, 20 July 2002: Second inquest to be held into the death of Seamus Ludlow

The Sunday Life, 28 July 2002: Inquest to name Ludlow killers

The Irish Examiner Online - Breaking News, 29 July 2002: Call for public inquiry into 1976 murder

Ulster Television (UTV), online 29 July 2002: Celtic League in demand over murder

The Examiner, 30 July 2002: Ludlow killers to be named

The Irish News, 6 August 2002: Celtic League to fight on for murder inquiry

The Argus (Dundalk), 23 August 2002: Coroner wants the law changed to compel witnesses to attend inquests

The Irish News, 27 August 2002, Loyalist victim's family call for answers

The Irish News, 29 August 2002: Murder bullets lost, Ludlow family told

Magill Magazine, September 2002:The Truth Trickles Out   Mystery has always surrounded the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings. An independent inquiry has been set up to look at the events surrounding the attacks, and the bombing of Dundalk the following year. Donall O Maolfabhail reports on its likely findings.

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 September 2002: Barron investigations lead to public inquiry into Dundalk bombing

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 December 2002: Author identifies those who may have been responsible Book on bombing to be launched on Saturday

The Dundalk Democrat, 21 December 2002:  Nearly 30 years on from Dundalk bombing and the fight for justice continues

The Dundalk Democrat, 04 January 2003: A photograph of Joe Tiernan's book launch in Dundalk. (See above Dundalk Democrat 21 December 2002)

The Sunday Times, January 12, 2003: Army 'link' to Dublin bombings

RM Distribution, 13 January 2003: Dublin/Monaghan bombs came from British Army - report

Sunday Business Post, 19 January 2003: Dublin-Monaghan: will the truth finally out?

Ulster Television News online, 27 February, 2003: Irish justice group 'furious' over Barron Inquiry

The Irish Examiner online edition, 27 February 2003: Group calls for new Dublin-Monaghan bombings inquiry

BBC News online, 28 February 2003: Troubles victims fund set up

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

The Irish Sun, 26 March 2003: Report on Ludlow to be unveiled

The Daily Irish Star, 26 March 2003: Inquiry into man's murder

The Irish News, 27 March 2003: Government 'will not keep Ludlow secrets'

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