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Daily Ireland, 10 February 2006:
Ludlows blast state ‘double standards’
by Connla Young
The nephew of murdered Co Louth man Seamus Ludlow has slammed the Irish government for its continued refusal to meet his family.
Jimmy Sharkey hit out at government ministers hours after justice minister Michael McDowell apologised to the Ludlow family for their treatment at the hands of the state since Mr Ludlow was murdered by loyalists near Dundalk in 1976.
Mr McDowell made the apology during a sitting of an Oireachtas committee examining the Barron Report which looked into the Ludlow murder.
Although no one has ever been charged with the murder, the names of four suspects, with connections to the security forces in the North, are well known. Mr Ludlow’s family continue to campaign for a public inquiry into the abduction and murder of the 47-year-old whose body was discovered in a laneway close to Dundalk a day after he went missing. He had been shot three times.
Speaking to Daily Ireland last night Mr Sharkey said Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, his foreign affairs minister Dermot Ahern and the Irish government continue to let his family down.
“We have written to the Taoiseach five times requesting a meeting and he has refused to meet us. When I say refused I mean he hasn’t replied. It’s simple, the government don’t want to know about us but they have met the Omagh families and Billy Wright’s father. We’ve have no problem with that.
“The government has also called for inquiries into Pat Finucane’s murder and Billy Wright’s murder but they won’t entertain us. They are applying double standards here. These atrocities are similar but the government won’t deal with the one that took place in their own back yard.
“We have a minister here in Co Louth, Dermot Ahern. He won’t arrange a meeting with us and that is hurtful to people like my mother.
“The Irish government were behind organising the visas for the McCartney family to travel to America, but our family has had to fight this campaign on their own. People like Seamus Kirk and Arthur Morgan and a few others have been good to us.
No one from the Department of Foreign Affairs was available for comment
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