The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?
Introduction to the murder of Seamus Ludlow and the official cover-up.
The recent Campaign for Truth and Justice.
Other Ludlow Family Sites.
The Sunday World (Northern Edition),30 May 1999:
Republic's shock over Gardai/Brit collusion
Will the Irish politicians dig for truth about '74 bombs
Political pigeons are coming home to roost in the Republic.
And not only for corrupt politicians-on-the-take or former Taoiseach Charles Haughey whop spent his ill-gotten gains on sex romps with Dublin's kiss-and-tell Queen Terry Keane.
For it now appears that while Irish politicians were accusing the RUC of collusion with loyalist para-militaries some members of the Garda Siochana were also part of the sinister conspiracy.
Shock revelations show some gardai were recruited as paid British agents by the RUC Special Branch and British Intelligence shortly before the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan explosion which killed 33 people.
Serious questions have also been raised about the 1976 murder of forestry-worker Seamus Ludlow, slain near Dundalk by loyalist killers who crossed the border after gardai check-points had been mysteriously lifted.
In both these incidents gardai had the names of the loyalist killers but no one was ever brought to justice.
Now relatives of those killed in the Dublin ad Monaghan bombs want a public inquiry into what was the worst terrorist atrocity ever carried out on either side of the border - with special emphasis on gardai investigations into the mass killing.
And Seamus Ludlow's family are outraged that for years gardai told them he'd been killed by the IRA because he was an informer when all along they knew the names of his loyalist murderers.
Now they want to know if gardai who worked for British Intelligence and the RUC Special Branch, who in turn were working with loyalist paramilitaries, did so with the knowledge of their political masters in Dublin.
Irish politicians have made a big issue out of RUC collusion with loyalist paramilitaries down through the years so it will be interesting to see how anxious they'll now be to lift the cloak about gardai involvement in these illegal activities.