launched a website in Belfast yesterday designed to help highlight
and compile accounts of state collusion in murders in Ireland over
the past 35 years.
unveiled details of the new site at the Rodaí Mac Corlaí Club in
group, which was set up four years ago, hopes that the initiative
will prompt more relatives to come forward with information about
the deaths of their loved ones where there has been evidence of
believes that state-sponsored murder was a formal, politically
sanctioned tactic by the British government and that the security
apparatus established to facilitate this still exists today.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and relatives of collusion
victims addressed yesterday’s gathering.
Sharkey — the nephew of Séamus Ludlow, who was murdered in May
1976 — told the gathering that the Irish government had treated
his uncle’s death as “irrelevant”.
Ludlow (46) had been walking home from a local bar in Dundalk, Co
Louth, when loyalists abducted him and shot him dead.
been claimed that gardaí and Irish government ministers knew the
identities of those responsible but declined to take action in
order to protect a British agent involved in the murder.
Mr Sharkey said: “We are here because, 30 years ago, my uncle
was killed and, for a large part of that 30 years, part of our
family were told by the authorities in the Republic that the IRA
had killed him, that he was an informer and that members of our
own family were implicated in his killing.
belief lingered on for almost 20 years.
have found out since that, within a very short period of time –
within two years of Séamus having been killed – the Southern
authorities knew full well who killed him and that members of the
British army were involved in the killing but they chose to cover
that up completely.
fact, the investigation came to an abrupt end after six weeks and
everybody wondered at the time what it was all about, but we know
now that there was collusion.”
Ludlow family is calling on the Irish government to launch a full
public inquiry into the murder, a move that the government has so
Adams congratulated those involved in launching the website. He
paid tribute to the courage of the Ludlow family in campaigning
for an inquiry on the 30th anniversary of Séamus Ludlow’s
said collusion and state killings had been “a matter of
administrative practice in the North” and had been “authorised
at the highest political levels”.
there have been many deaths arising out of the conflict, An Fhírinne
seeks to draw attention to those carried out by state forces as
well as those involving collusion between state forces and
the families of state violence and collusion, there has been the
trauma of dealing with the loss of a loved one but their grief has
been compounded by the lies and deceit of the state in covering up
the truth of these events.
of these families are only now beginning to learn of the role
collusion played in the murder of a relative.
Fhírinne’s objective is to secure an international, independent
public judicial inquiry into collusion and state killings. This is
an enormous challenge,” said Mr Adams.