Dermot Ahern has said he will raise “at the earliest opportunity” the case of Seamus Ludlow, who was shot dead by loyalists close to his home north of Dundalk in 1976.

An inquest into the murder was held this week and a jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Separately, a retired judge appointed to probe the murder and subsequent investigation handed his report to the Taoiseach’s office nearly a year ago.

It has not even been discussed by cabinet and no firm publication date has been established.

Two people who witnessed the murder made separate statements to the then RUC more than seven years ago. The North’s Director of Public Prosecutions decided not to press charges.