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Seamus Ludlow, murdered in County Louth by British Army UDR/loyalist paramilitary Red Hand Commando on 2 May 1976.The Newry Democrat, 31 January 2006:

Ludlow family insist on full public inquiry

By Brian Hyland

[email protected]

Gardai will today give evidence in the Oireachtas about their role in the investigation of the sectarian murder of a Dundalk man nearly 30 years ago.

But the family of Seamus Ludlow insist they will only be satisfied with a full public inquiry into the killing and said current proceedings in Dublin will not get to the truth.

Relatives of Mr Ludlow appeared before the Oireachtas Justice Sub-Committee last Tuesday in the first of a series of hearings into November's report by Justice Henry Barron into the 1976 killing.

However, Dromintee man Michael Donegan, a nephew of Mr Ludlow, slammed the forum aS "a waste of time".

"We want a full public inquiry," he told the Democrat. "It's as simple as that - nothing more, nothing less.

"This forum and the Barron Inquiry are nothing but a waste of time and we demand a public inquiry.

"All this messing about is getting us nowhere as this process can't compel witnesses or documents. It is not getting us to the truth."

Mr Ludlow, a forestry worker, was abducted outside Dundalk by masked men and shot dead on May 2, 1976.

At the time, Gardai claimed Mr Ludlow had links to the IRA and was killed because he was an informer, an allegation always denied by the family.

But in 1995 it was claimed that Gardai had been informed by the RUC at the time about four loyalist suspects they believed were involved in the murder. However, Gardai had not taken action.

This prompted the Irish Government to order Justice Barron to conduct a series of investigations into the murder, particularly collusion between loyalists and security in last November's Baron Report and the current hearings.

Proceedings will continue today (Tuesday) as interviews with various Gardai members (will) take place.

 

 


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