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Ludlow Family's Letter to Bertie Ahern
This letter from the Ludlow family was passed to Irish government officials, on 14 May 2001, at Ballymascanlan Hotel, just three hundred metres from the site of Seamus Ludlow's murder.
The Ludlow family availed of an opportunity provided by a special meeting of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and his cabinet to reiterate their demand for a public inquiry and to repeat their request for a family meeting with Mr. Ahern. The meeting also afforded the Ludlow family the opportunity for a meeting with the Minister for Justice John O'Donoghue, who received the letter on Mr. Ahern's behalf.
The Ludlow family was represented by Kevin Ludlow, the only surviving brother of the late Seamus Ludlow, and two of his three sisters Mrs. Nan Sharkey and Mrs. Eileen Fox; and nephews Brendan Larkin and Jimmy Sharkey.
On this occasion they were joined by Margaret English, a daughter of the late Hugh Watters, who was killed in the Loyalist bombing of Dundalk in December 1975. The Rooney and Watters families of Dundalk also demand justice for their murdered fathers and husbands.
Originally, the families had thought of protesting along with other groups that had gathered at the hotel during the cabinet meeting, but as Jimmy Sharkey told the Dundalk Democrat, it was felt that a more peaceful and dignified approach was required. As Jimmy explained: "we decided it would not do our campaign any good roaring and shouting. As it turned out we were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Minister O'Donoghue and Minister Dermot Ahern to discuss our case".
To date, no meeting has ever been granted with Mr. Ahern!
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Photographed here at extreme left is Margaret English, daughter of the late Hugh Watters (Dundalk Bombings Campaign); entering Ballymascanlan Hotel with members of the Ludlow family to hand in letters to the government ministers meeting there. The Ludlow family is represented by Mrs. Nan Sharkey, Mr. Kevin Ludlow and Mrs. Eileen Fox, with Brendan Larkin and Jimmy Sharkey (nephews of the late Seamus Ludlow).