Former Co Louth TD Brendan McGahon admitted he was
wrong to blame the IRA for the murder of Seamus Ludlow during a radio
interview with RTÉ broadcaster Pat Kenny in 1993.
was wrong but only hindsight has proven me wrong,” he told the
Oireachtas sub-committee inquiry into the Barron Report.
ex-Fine Gael TD said he was given the information at the time by a
garda, but he couldn’t remember his name.
recalled that the time of the murder was a dreadful period in the Border
was fear all around,” he said. “There was economic depression in
Dundalk because of the level of crime in the 1970s.
were many instances of bodies found lying on the roadsides. So when
Seamus was killed and his body found lying on the roadside a couple of
hundred yards from his home, it was in my opinion, reasonable to assume
that the IRA had done it because the IRA was the only firm operating in
that business of slaughter, murder in the Border area at that time.
was no other rational view.”
McGahon added: “At that time, there was no evidence at all of any
forays across the Border by UVF personnel.”
admission has been welcomed by Sinn Fein TD Arthur Morgan who said that
“While I would like to welcome the fact that former Fine Gael TD
Brendan McGahon has finally admitted that he was wrong to blame the IRA
for the killing of Seamus Ludlow by loyalists, I find it hard to believe
that he can’t remember what member of the Gardai gave him the
disturbing, however, was Brendan McGahon's suggestion at the hearing
that loyalists couldn’t have been suspected of the killing at the time
because he says they weren’t active in the area at the time. This is
an incredible statement given the fact that loyalists had been involved
in the bombing of Dundalk in December 1975, Castleblayney in March 1976
and in other bombings in Counties Monaghan and Cavan in the preceding
years. The reality is that Brendan McGahon tried to use the killing of
Seamus Ludlow to advance his own particular anti-republican agenda
regardless of the hurt and pain it caused the Ludlow family.”