3 April, 2006
Féin TD for Louth, Arthur Morgan, has today reiterated his call for
the Taoiseach to meet with the family of Seamus Ludlow, the forestry
worker kidnapped and shot dead by loyalists in 1976 and to respond
positively to the family's demand for a public inquiry in his
Morgan said, "As the apparatus of Britain's war machine is
today being dismantled from the hills of South Armagh it serves as a
timely reminder of the sinister role played by the so-called
security services on both sides of the border during the conflict.
Seamus Ludlow was picked up and murdered by a loyalist death squad
controlled and operated by the British state it was the forces of
law on order in this state that were criminally negligent in
prosecuting a proper investigation in to that murder. And it is
these actions or inactions that need proper and thorough scrutiny.
Serious questions need to be answered as to the behaviour of both
Gardai and politicians following the murder of Seamus and the manner
in which they deliberately tried to prevent the truth emerging in
relation to this case.
Taoiseach recently supported an all-party Dáil motion calling for a
full public inquiry in to the killing of human rights lawyer Pat
Finucane. I welcomed that move. However, if that stance is only
adopted in relation to incidents that occurred outside the
jurisdiction of this state then it will prove to be nothing more
than empty rhetoric.
the Taoiseach should immediately open his door to the Ludlow family,
as he has done for others and hear their story. He should also
support, in the same spirit as his support for the Finucane Inquiry,
the establishment of the public inquiry into Seamus' killing. The
family have been through too much -- its time their nightmare was