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The Irish Daily Mail, 22 February 2006:

Ludlow killers will never face justice, admit family

The family of the murdered Dundalk forestry worker whose death has been at the centre of cover-up claims for 30 years have given up hopes that his killers will be tried.

Seamus Ludlow, 47, was abducted by loyalist paramilitaries in Co Louth and shot dead on May 2, 1976.

But gardai never interviewed four suspects identified by the RUC.

The family accept that a loyalist gang carried out the murder but would never face justice, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice heard yesterday.

It held its seventh and final hearing into Judge Henry Barron's report into the murder yesterday, and could recommend a full public inquiry.

'We reluctantly must accept that the prospects of even bringing a prosecution, let alone a successful one, are extremely remote,' said barrister Eamon Coffey.

The four suspects named in the Barron Report into the killing were arrested in the North in 1998.

But the DPP there decided not to prosecute due to insufficient evidence. Mr Coffey said the family wanted a full public inquiry to discover why gardai were never given permission to cross the border to interview the suspects.

'Otherwise the Ludlow family and the wider public are left with the grounds of believing that this State was an accessory after the fact in the murder of Seamus Ludlow and being complicit in his murder,' he said.

Mr Coffey aid the Ludlows were steadfast in their pursuit of the truth for 30 years. It saw them endure two inquests, two garda internal investigations and Judge Barron's report.

He said they were entitled to consistency from the Government, which supported calls for public inquiries into Bloody Sunday and the killing of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

The family have four key questions:

  • Was the initial garda murder investigation in 1976 adequate?

  • Why was the RUC information on the four suspects not followed up?

  • Why was evidence at the scene not preserved?

  • Was the decision taken not to pursue the murder of Seamus Ludlow and if so, who took it?

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