The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?







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The Sunday Independent, 12 May 2002:

Victim's family makes IRA murder a key issue

Dead man's son appeals to Louth voters to question SF candidate

THE brutal IRA murder of Tom Oliver has become an election issue in the tightly fought Louth constituency, following an emotional and eloquent appeal by Mr Oliver's only son Eugene.

In a constituency where Sinn Fein looks set to take a seat, Eugene Oliver urged the electorate to ask the Sinn Fein candidate a number of questions.

Writing in Dundalk's local paper, The Argus, he said: "With the General Election on top of us, it is time to ask Sinn Fein candidate Arthur Morgan a number of questions.

"For the past few years, Sinn Fein has been campaigning for a judicial enquiry into the brutal murder of local man Seamus Ludlow.

"Arthur Morgan is rightly encouraging people to assist in every possible way to bring his killers to justice.

"What does Mr Morgan as a Sinn Fein candidate have to say about another cowardly, local, brutal, kidnapping and murder, that of my father Tom Oliver?

"What is the difference between the murders of Seamus Ludlow and Tom Oliver?

"Sinn Fein recently celebrated 30 years of the 'greatest guerrilla army in the world' and presented distinguished service awards to the families of 'volunteers' who died.

"Does Arthur Morgan, as the Sinn Fein candidate, have anything to say to my mother, my six sisters and myself who were widowed and left fatherless by that brave army?"

According to an opinion poll in the Drogheda Independent, Arthur Morgan will almost certainly take the last seat for Sinn Fein.

When Tom Oliver was murdered in July 1991, the IRA branded him "an informer" because he was doing his civic duty and had reported an incident to the gardai. The Cooley peninsula, where he lived, had been used as a place to store arms.

The gardai and his family immediately rejected the IRA's allegations and a local priest who had served in the parish before the murder said at the time: "I never experienced anything like this murder in all my time there. We have to do something to express ourselves against violence."

Mr Oliver, 37, a father of seven, was abducted near his farm at Riverstown, Dundalk. He was shot six times in the head and was dressed by his murderers in a boiler suit and his shoes removed.

He was only positively identified by an old operation scar on his hand.

Local councillor Terry Brennan said: "Nobody I have spoken to accepts one word of what the Provisional IRA are saying. There is the most widespread revulsion I have ever known at the murder."

Sinn Fein candidate Arthur Morgan has yet to reply to Eugene Oliver's questions on behalf of his murdered father.



The Argus, 10 May 2002: Oliver family now seeking answers from SF candidate

The Times, 10 May 2002: IRA killing haunts Sinn Fein poll campaign

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