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 Life, 29 February 2004:

Loyalist terror suspect spurns former cause

'The concept of loyalism has been degraded by drugs, I don't want to be identified with it anymore'

By Brenda O'Neill

A LOYALIST murder suspect says he has severed all connections with terror groups in Ulster because they are involved with drugs.

Samuel Black Carroll was a suspect in the 1976 murder of Seamus Ludlow.

He was also once quizzed about the killing of Sinn Fein vice-president Maire Drumm.

Now Carroll, who has a new life in England, has gone public to denounce loyalist gangs.

He said: "The concept of loyalism has been degraded - I don't want to be identified with it anymore. A lot of loyalists today are drug barons, but I am anti-drugs.

"I came to England on a permanent basis in 1991, because my sister died from cancer and I became responsible for bringing up her children."

Carroll did, however, speak in detail about his loyalist past - and claimed to be friends with both Shankill Butcher Lenny Murphy and LVF leader Billy Wright, both now dead.

The leading loyalist - nicknamed 'Mambo' - was arrested in a blaze of publicity in 1998, after the RUC re-opened its investigation into the mysterious killing of Mr Ludlow, a 47-year-old forestry worker. Mr Ludlow was shot three times and dumped in a ditch near his Dundalk home in 1976.

The Irish government is expected to receive a report into the Ludlow murder from former Supreme Court Judge, Henry Barron, in April.

Added Carroll: "It just doesn't make sense for me to have been involved in the Seamus Ludlow case.

"The name Samuel Black Carroll was never mentioned in the interviews, it was always 'Mambo'.

"I was arrested in 1998 in England and flown to Ireland. At first, I thought I was being arrested for the murder of Maire Drumm, who was vice-president of Sinn Fein at the time of her death."

Carroll did admit being associated with a string of loyalist terror gangs.

He said: "I have never denied I am a loyalist. I have also been associated with the UVF, the UDA, the UFF and the Orange Volunteers.

"I supported the killing of known activists in Ulster, not the killing of innocent people."

Carroll, who now lives in Staffordshire, is said to feature prominently in Judge Barron's inquiries into alleged collusion between loyalists and the security forces.


See also:

The Dundalk Democrat,11 May 1996: New information on Ludlow murder

The Sunday Tribune, 8 March 1998: Ed Moloney The  killing of Seamus Ludlow: Northern Editor reports on how the RUC covered up the part played by members of the security forces in a loyalist gang murder in County Louth in 1976.

The Sunday Life, 20 September 1998: Loyalist denies role in mystery murder 

MAGILL Ireland's Current Affairs Monthly, April 1999: Murder, Collusion & Lies

The Sunday Mercury, (English Midlands newspaper) 8 February 2004: Midland man may face 1976 murder quiz

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