Seamus Ludlow's 25th Anniversary
The Ludlow family was honoured to have
Ed Moloney, northern Editor of the Sunday Tribune
newspaper, as guest speaker at their 25th anniversary commemoration of the
murder of Seamus Ludlow. Ed Moloney has played a major role in establishing
the truth about the RUC and Garda cover-up that followed the murder of
Seamus Ludlow in May 1976.
It was Ed Moloney who interviewed the alleged
witness Paul Hosking and reported for the first time the involvement of UDR
and Red Hand Commando members in this murder. This interview was featured in
the Sunday Tribune on 8 March 1998. This and other Ed Moloney articles about
this case can be accessed below on the Pat Finucane Centre's website:
Sunday Tribune article, 8-3-98
by Ed Moloney on the RUC's role in the case.
Sunday Tribune article, 15-3-98
by Ed Moloney on the Gardai's role in the case.
Sunday Tribune article, 30-8-98
by Ed Moloney revealing more information about the murder
Sunday Tribune article, 17-10-99
by Ed Moloney on the news that the North's DPP has decided not to charge
Loyalists arrested in connection with the Ludlow killing
See also Ed Moloney's interview
with the local LMFM radio on 2 May 2001. Ed speaks in general terms
about the murder, the cover-up and the recent referral of this case to
Nuala O'Loan the North's new Police Ombudsman.
The Ludlow family sincerely thanks Ed
Moloney for appearing at the commemoration and for all that he has done to
establish the truth behind the murder of their deceased relative Seamus
I WANT FIRST OF ALL TO THANK JIMMY, KEVIN AND MICHAEL FOR
INVITING ME TO SPEAK HERE TO MARK THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEAMUS LUDLOW'S DEATH.
I DON'T NORMALLY MAKE PUBLIC SPEECHES ABOUT ARTICLES I AND
OTHER JOURNALISTS HAVE WRITTEN BUT AFTER CAREFUL THOUGHT I CONCLUDED THAT IT
WAS NECESSARY TO BREAK THAT RULE IN THE CASE OF SEAMUS LUDLOW.
AS WE ALL KNOW TWENTY-FIVE LONG YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT DREADFUL NIGHT
WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND DUMPED IN THIS SMALL LANEWAY BUT SEAMUS LUDLOW'S FAMILY
ARE NO NEARER GETTING THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE THEY DESERVE THAN THEY WERE
WE DO HOWEVER KNOW A GREAT DEAL MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS OF THAT NIGHT NOW THAN
WE KNOW THE NAME OF THE LOYALIST KILLER WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER;
WE KNOW WHY HE WAS IN CO LOUTH THAT NIGHT AND WHO WAS WITH HIM;
WE KNOW THAT THE GARDAI KNEW ALL THIS NOT LONG AFTER SEAMUS LUDLOW WAS
WE KNOW THAT THE RUC SPECIAL BRANCH HAD THIS INFORMATION AS WELL; AND WE
KNOW THAT THE AUTHORITIES IN THIS STATE BEHAVED DISGRACEFULLY TO THE LUDLOW
WE KNOW THAT THEY LIED TO AND MISLED THE FAMILY ABOUT WHO KILLED THEIR
BROTHER AND UNCLE.
WE KNOW THAT THEY CRUELLY, DELIBERATELY DIVIDED THE
LUDLOW'S, PITCHING SIBLING AGAINST SIBLING, COUSIN AGAINST COUSIN FOR THE BEST PART OF TWO DECADES, YEARS THAT CAN NEVER BE RECOVERED.
WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF SEAMUS LUDLOW'S DEATH TO SUSPECT
THAT ALL THIS WAS DONE, ALL THESE LIES AND DECEPTIONS PERPETRATED IN ORDER
TO PROTECT THE GUNMAN WHO KILLED SEAMUS LUDLOW AND TO COVER UP THE COVER UP
BOTH IN THE NORTH AND IN THIS JURISDICTION.
WHAT MADE THIS MAN SO SPECIAL THAT FOR YEARS NO ACTION WAS TAKEN AGAINST HIM
AND SO MANY LIES TOLD TO PROTECT HIM?
WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT TO ASK THAT THE STATE SHOULD
FORMALLY AND PUBLICLY THROW OPEN ITS SECRET FILES SO THAT AT LAST THE LUDLOW
FAMILY CAN HAVE PEACE OF MIND.
EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THESE DAYS THERE ARE PUBLIC TRIBUNALS AND JUDICIAL
INQUIRIES MANY OF THEM DESIGNED TO LAY TO REST GHOSTS OF THE NORTHERN
THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS JURISDICTION HAS BEEN TO THE FORE IN PRESSING THE
BRITISH TO SWEEP THE SKELETONS OUT OF THEIR CUPBOARDS BUT WHAT ABOUT THEIR
WHAT HAS THE LUDLOW FAMILY BEEN OFFERED?
A SECRET, PRIVATE INVESTIGATION WHOSE DELIBERATIONS, UNLIKE THOSE IN THE
GUILDHALL OR IN DUBLIN CASTLE WILL BE KEPT FROM PUBLIC VIEW AND SCRUTINY AND
WHOSE OUTCOME MAY OR MAY NOT BE FOLLOWED UP. AN INQUIRY INTO WHETHER THERE
SHOULD BE AN INQUIRY IN OTHER WORDS.
HOW CAN IT BE RIGHT TO DEMAND FROM THE BRITISH THAT THEY
COME CLEAN ABOUT THEIR MISDEEDS TOWARDS CITIZENS IN THE NORTH YET DENY THE
SAME RIGHTS TO THEIR OWN CITIZENS?
WHY ARE THEY SO FRIGHTENED OF THE SECRET, HIDDEN STORY OF
SEAMUS LUDLOW'S DEATH? IF, TRULY, THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, NOTHING TO BE
ASHAMED OF, THEN COME OUT IN THE OPEN AND SHOW EVERYONE. ONLY THE GUILTY
SKULK IN DARK CORNERS. THE INNOCENT CRY OUT FOR THE LIGHT.
IT'S TIME WE WERE TOLD THE TRUTH.
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