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 Mercury, (English Midlands) 8 February 2004:

Midland man may face 1976 murder quiz

By Fionnuala Bourke, Sunday Mercury


A Midland Irish terror suspect may be quizzed again over a 28-year-old murder nearly 30 years ago amid claims that the killer was an informant protected by British authorities.

Samuel Black-Carroll, a loyalist sympathiser, was one of four men arrested in 1998 in connection with the tragic death of Catholic Seamus Ludlow in County Louth.

Mr Ludlow, a 47-year-old forestry worker was shot three times and dumped in a ditch near his Dundalk home on the Northern Irish border in 1976.

Black-Carroll, 50, from Rugeley, in Staffordshire, was later released without charge, along with his fellow suspects.

But pressure from Mr Ludlow's family led the Irish government to set up an independent inquiry into his death last year, and former Supreme Court judge Henry Barron will report his findings in the next two months.

Mr Ludlow's family claim no-one has ever been charged with his death because the authorities are trying to protect a terrorist informant who was a member of the Red Hand Commandos.

"We want a full public inquiry into my uncle's death," said Mr Ludlow's nephew Jimmy Sharkey.

"We will not give up until the truth is finally out. The authorities were given the names of my uncle's killers years ago and have failed to punish them.

"The Irish and British authorities have colluded to protect them."

Black-Carroll was an associate of John McKeague, commander of loyalist paramilitary group the Ulster Defence Association, who was killed by the Irish National Liberation Army in 1982.

Known as Mambo, Black-Carroll moved to Staffordshire in the late 1980s to look after his late sister's children. A horse enthusiast, he took work helping out on a farm in Rugeley.

But he was jailed for two years and eight months at Wolverhampton Crown Court in February 2000 after he attacked Ivan Shirley whom he claimed had called him "Semtex Sam".

It is believed he now spends his time between Liverpool and Rugeley, where he stays with his niece on the Pear Tree Estate.

Mr Ludlow's family fear that Justice Barron's inquiry, which is being conducted in private, could end up being a whitewash and are calling for a public inquiry instead.

Mr Justice Barron has already released reports into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974 in which 33 people lost their lives.

The papers state there were grounds for suspecting that British security forces helped loyalist paramilitaries with the bombings.

Mr Ludlow, 47, a bachelor, lived with his mother, married sister and her family, in Dundalk. The family have been granted a second inquest into his death, which should be held early this year.

"My uncle was a quiet man," said Mr Sharkey, 49. "At one stage a false rumour was put out that he was an IRA informer and that the IRA killed him. The IRA have publicly stated that they did not."

Last night a spokesman for the Gardai said their investigation into Mr Ludlow's death was ongoing.

A spokesman for the Government in the Republic of Ireland said: "I understand that Judge Barron will report early in the new year on the Dublin bombings of 1972 and 1973 and on the other cases referred to him.

"These include the Seamus Ludlow case and the Dundalk bombing of 1975."

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