The Taoiseach has come under pressure to reveal whether gardaí
had been ordered not to actively pursue the loyalist killers of
Irish citizens in the 1970s.
of Séamus Ludlow, who was murdered by loyalists in 1976, and the
families of those killed in the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings
have told Daily Ireland that such a policy existed.
said yesterday that the findings of the Independent Commission of
Inquiry into Mr Ludlow’s murder had added weight to their
In its report published on Wednesday, the commission detailed
cases of cross-border co-operation between the Garda Síochána
and the RUC.
Judge Henry Barron, who published a report on the Ludlow murder
last November, was not made aware of these cases.
commission’s report says that, in February 1973 following a
train robbery in Dundalk, three gardaí interviewed suspects at
Springfield Road RUC station in west Belfast.
March 1976, two months before the Ludlow killing, Garda detectives
questioned a man believed to have been involved in a robbery at
Belfast’s Musgrave Park Hospital.
gardaí also let the RUC use facilities in the South to interview
Irish citizens. In 1975, the RUC questioned the Belfast man Pat
Livingstone in Dundalk Garda station about a killing in the North.
is clear that, for at least three years prior to Mr Ludlow’s
murder, gardaí had been co-operating regularly with the RUC.
family of Mr Ludlow have described as “ridiculous” the claims
that the killers of their relative were not pursued because gardaí
feared that the IRA would attack them for co-operating with the
Ludlow’s nephew Jimmy Sharkey said: “The findings of the
commission in relation to co-operation between the Garda and RUC
make a mockery of Judge Barron’s ruling.
firmly believe the Irish government had a policy in place at the
time not to pursue loyalists or members of the British army
involved in the murder and attempted murders of Southerners.
Irish government didn’t want to upset the British so they
didn’t go after the men who murdered Séamus.
my uncle’s case wasn’t isolated. Why were the loyalists who
blew up Castleblayney, Dundalk, Dublin and Monaghan not pursued?
There are hundreds of grieving families who deserve answers.”
Margaret Urwin — secretary of the Justice for the Forgotten
group, which represents those bereaved or injured as a result of
the 1970s Dublin and Monaghan bombings — said: “For the Garda
to claim they didn’t co-operate with the RUC in pursuing
loyalist killers because of fear of IRA attacks is nonsense. They
were working hand in glove for years.”
a senior Garda officer was appointed to re-examine the
investigation into the Ludlow murder.