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The Irish Daily Mail, 9 February 2006:
Call for inquiry into 'cover-up' over Ludlow's loyalist killers
Daily Mail Reporter
Gardai may have covered up the murder of a forestry worker 30 years ago because of his killers' links with British intelligence, a journalist told a Dail committee yesterday.
Former Sunday Tribune journalist Ed Moloney said questions had to be asked about why gardai wrongly told the family of Seamus Ludlow that he had been shot by the IRA for being an informer.
Mr Ludlow, 47, was shot dead by gunmen after leaving a pub in Dundalk on Msay 2, 1976.
Mr Moloney said it was unlikely Mr Ludlow had been killed by the IRA, something that would have been obvious to gardai at the time.
"Gardai smeared the Ludlow family in a shameful and disgustingly callous fashion," he said.
Mr Moloney said there may have been collusion between the Garda and British military intelligence to cover up the murder.
He said only a public inquiry could establish the truth.
Mr Moloney raised questions about links between the Garda and British military intelligence at the time of Mr Ludlow's death.
"There is no doubt the British have over the years attempted to place agents in the gardai," he said. "There's a lot of smoke and I don't know whether there's a fire, but there's certainly smoke."
Mr Moloney said one of the four loyalists implicated in the killing of Mr Ludlow had been described as a psychopath with a fearsome reputation who was now living in England.
"I was told by UVF sources that he departed under a cloud. When I asked if he was an informer, I was told it was reasonable to assume that he was," he said.
There were other cases, he added, where British intelligence had allowed an innocent person to be killed despite warnings.
And he described how a member of the Ludlow family living in Armagh had been arrested in the wake of the murder and questioned about the progress of the Garda investigation.
"Why was the British Army so interested in the Ludlow case? My allegation is that the British Army wanted to know if one of their agents was in trouble."
He said two important questions remained unanswered: Was one of the killers a British informer? And what did the gardai and the State know about it?
"There is an elephant in the room and everyone is pretending it is not there," he said.
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