Ludlow family's Letter to the former RUC Chief Constable.
letter was sent to the former RUC Chief Constable Ronnie Flanagan in March 1999. The Ludlow
family had previously requested in writing a meeting with Mr. Flanagan where
they could discuss with him various issues raised by recent revelations of RUC
involvement in the cover-up of Seamus Ludlow's murder.
The RUC responded to the
Ludlow family's request with an invitation to the family to provide a list of questions
that would be raised at such a meeting. This letter was the Ludlow family's response.
The text of the letter appears here with only one name deleted for the present.
apart from a brief acknowledgement (text below), which effectively put off indefinitely any
meeting with the RUC Chief Constable, at least until the Northern Ireland
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had made a decision on
whether, or not, to charge four Loyalist suspects for the murder of Seamus
Ludlow, nothing more has been heard from the RUC. Mr Flanagan has since
retired from office, having never met with the Ludlow family.
The DPP decided on 15 October 1999 that none of the
four arrested suspects were to be
charged, and still no adequate reply to this letter has been received and no
meeting was granted with the former Chief Constable.
(now calling itself the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)) - and its
former Chief Constable - may wish to forget
about the late Seamus Ludlow and their role in the long cover-up.
must know that neither the Ludlow family nor the twelve questions set out in
this letter from March 1999 will quietly go away. The questions remain
unanswered and justice denied, but the Ludlow family will Not let this matter
also Jim J. Kane's letter, dated 20 May 2000, to
the same RUC Chief Constable.
LUDLOW FAMILY AND RELATIVES
7 March 1999.
Dear Chief Constable,
Thank you for your letter of the 4th February 1999.
You stated in that letter could we indicate the issues we would
like to discuss with you - listed below are a number of issues which we would
like you to address to the Ludlow family.
How long after the murder of Mr. Seamus Ludlow on the 2nd May
1976 did the RUC have information on who the suspects were?
Did the RUC pass on this information to the Garda Special Branch
in Dublin and Dundalk in 1976?
Two Senior Detectives of the then Garda Murder Squad
travelled to Belfast in early 1979 and were given the list of suspects and other
information relating to the case. Exactly, how much information was passed on
and can you name the two detectives from the Garda Murder Squad?
What interest had the British Army in South Armagh in the case
because the army called to the home of Mr. Kevin Donegan (now deceased, who
lived at Dromintee), asking questions as to what line of enquiry the Gardai in
Dundalk were taking. This incident happened one week after Mr. Ludlow was buried
in May 1976. Mr. Donegan was a brother-in-law of Seamus Ludlow.
What information did one of the suspects, Paul Hosking, give
to the RUC man, ****** ******, when he interviewed him in 1987?
Why did ****** ****** tell Paul Hosking "to forget about
it, it was political"?
Why were four suspects - UDR/Red Hand Commando's, 80 miles
(from Comber in Co Down), in Dundalk that night? Were they acting alone or were
they part of a bigger operation in Dundalk that night - they certainly, did not
travel 80 miles plus, to murder an innocent man - Seamus Ludlow?
Why, for over 23 years, was there a cover-up both sides of
the Irish border by the Authorities?
Who was being protected in the car that night?
Was it the gunman?
Was one of the suspects in the car that night an agent for
British intelligence, RUC, Special Branch or Garda Special branch?
Will the RUC Officers who had this information be held
accountable for their action?
The family do hope that the full facts and answers to these 12
Questions will be answered in full when we meet with you in the not too
After 23 years, it's very little to ask for.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
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This is the text of the RUC's s brief acknowledgement to the above:
Northern Ireland BT5 6LE
14 April 1999.
Thank you for your letter of 7 March 1999 indicating the questions you
would wish to discuss with the Chief Constable.
You will appreciate I am sure that any meeting on your issues would be
more appropriate after the Director of Public Prosecutions has given his
decision on the investigation file currently with him.
I will communicate further with you when the DPP's decision is to hand.
Chief Superintendent for Chief Constable.
Though the Ludlow family's letter of 7 March 1999 was in response to an
RUC request to provide a list of questions to enable a meeting with RUC
Chief Constable Ronnie Flanagan to take place, it is still unclear if any such meeting was
ever intended by the RUC.
Chief Superintendent Sillery could have brought this matter of the DPP's
report to the Ludlow family's attention much earlier and surely there would
have been no need at all for the Ludlow family's letter providing a list
questions for the Chief Constable of the RUC.
Neither Chief Superintendent Sillery nor his Chief Constable
- who has now retired from office - have been
in touch with the Ludlow family since the October 1999 announcement of the
DPP's decision not to prosecute anyone involved in the murder of Seamus
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