Photographed above are (L-R) Eoin Corrigan and John Courtney, two retired former Garda detectives who recently gave evidence at the fresh inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow on 5-6 September 2005 as well as before the Oireachtas sub-committee on Justice which was examining the Barron Report (January and February 2006).
Mr Corrigan and Mr Courtney revealed that they were the officers who travelled to meet the RUC in Belfast on other business, in 1979, and were handed an RUC file which identified the four key suspects for the murder of Seamus Ludlow.
At no time did either officer ever reveal this information to the Ludlow family! Meanwhile, fellow gardai continued to spread lies and misinformation among members of the family.
Below: Here are the four suspects as they were shown in a recent BBC Spotlight documentary on the murder of Seamus Ludlow. The documentary 'The Death of an Ordinary Man' was shown on 10 October 2006.
Only Samuel Black-Carroll, known as Mambo, (top left) agreed to be interviewed. He denied having any involvement in the murder of Seamus Ludlow, though he seemed unable to offer a straight yes or no answer to the BBC's question did he ever kill!
Richard Long (right) was a serving British Army Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier at the time of the Seamus Ludlow murder. He was jailed for another murder soon after. He refused to be interviewed by the BBC, but was confronted anyway and denied involvement in Seamus Ludlow's murder.
Paul Hosking (left) spoke of his presence at the murder to the RUC and the press in 1998. He refused to comment when confronted by the BBC on the street near his home.
James Reid Fitzsimmons (right) refused to talk to the BBC. However, it was revealed that he remained in the British Army's Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) until his retirement in 1994! It was also revealed that at some point he was demoted after being found drunk in possession of a firearm on the Shankill Road, Belfast. Ordinarilly, it should seem remarkable that anyone suspected of being involved in murder, or having a drink problem, would remain in the British forces for so long. Sadly, experience tells us that this was considered no impediment at all! It is now known that the British Army was well aware that as many as 15% of its UDR personnel were also involved with loyalist death squads.
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