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







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The Sunday Tribune, 15 March 1998: Editorial

Time For Ludlow Investigation

Many strange things happened in the administration of justice during the '70s, particularly within the operations of the garda Siochana. It was a difficult time, with many fearing that the institutions of the State were under real threat from the re-emergence of the IRA, and with many atrocities being carried out in Northern Ireland and, occasionally, in the south. This led to abuses of power by small sections of the gardai, particularly the operation of the so-called "heavy gang". Cooperation between the security forces on both sides of the border was closer than many credited and efforts were made to gather intelligence from every possible source. One of the best ways of doing this was to use informers, but, it appears, informers may have been caught up in actions which were illegal but which they felt were necessary to establish their bona fides and, in the long run, save other lives.

But it is hardly acceptable that, in the so-called name of the greater good, innocent people died and that then their killers were allowed to escape for reasons which had nothing to do with the proper administration of justice. This, it is now suspected, is what happened in the case of Seamus Ludlow, the Louthman murdered by loyalist terrorists (who also benefited from protection from the British authorities) in 1976. Even worse, it is claimed that the Irish authorities colluded in a cover-up and, not satisfied with that, implied erroneously that Ludlow was an informer and that he was shot by the IRA for this reason. For the sake of Seamus Ludlow's family, and to maintain confidence that one of the most important arms of the State has acted honourably and correctly, a full investigation is required into the circumstances not just of his murder but also the investigation which followed it.


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