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 Mirror, 25 October 1998:


Exclusive by Pat Flanagan

The Dublin government last night faced angry questions about why it had sanctioned British Army forays over the border into the Republic.

The Irish authorities admitted for the first time that they gave permission for the Army to cross.

Residents in the Armagh-Louth area say British helicopters have landed in fields up to six miles inside the Republic.

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin admitted that it regularly gave permission for the incursions.

John Biggar, First Secretary at the Department’s Anglo-Irish Office, said: "There is an arrangement where they can request permission to fly a short distance across the border." But he refused to give details.

Third Secretary Sean O’Regan said: "We give permission to over-fly the Republic through diplomatic channels.

"Normally, the Gardai would be notified if the British were coming in. Every request is treated individually."

Miceal O’Donnell, chairman of Louth County Council, called for an inquiry. "I am disgusted. I can’t believe the Irish government would allow another state’s armed forces into our territory," he said. "What’s wrong with our own army? There’s no war now. Why are they coming?

Toni Carragher, of the South Armagh Farmers and Residents Association, was told by locals of the six incursions into the south on the evening of Thursday, October 15.

"Residents are outraged", she said. "All Thursday night I was taking calls and people were coming to my door. They couldn’t believe what was going on.

"People are genuinely afraid. They know about Peter Cleary and Seamus Ludlow, who were shot in mysterious circumstances by people who came over the border.

"So much for this ceasefire. There’s more British Army activity around here than ever."


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