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The Irish Independent, 30 March 2006:


Family slate 'hypocrisy' over inquiry into killing

Senan Molony

Political Correspondent

The family of a Dundalk man murdered by a rogue Red Hand Commando unit 30 years ago last night attacked the "hypocrisy" of the Government over the affair.

The family of Seamus Ludlow were speaking after an Oireachtas committee recommended a Commission of Investigation enquiring into the killing sit behind closed doors.

Yet the Government has been forcefully pressing the British Government to carry out an inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane in the full glare of public scrutiny.

Mr Ludlow, a 47-year-old forestry worker, was kidnapped and killed in the early hours of May 2, 1976, after a four-man Loyalist squad had failed to find a Republican target in Dundalk earlier that day.

The family alleges that there was collusion between the British security forces in providing a dossier on the original target to the death squad, two of whom were serving members of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR).

Mr Ludlow's nephew,Micheal Donegan said the family was still pressing for a full public inquiry - which would be held in the open and allow the family to cross-examine witnesses.

He said last night: "We are locked out the door again . . . We will have no input into it, except what we are allowed.

"But as long as we have breath in our bodies we will go on with our fight - even though we know the killers will never face justice. The evidence has been lost or destroyed."


Mr Donegan suggested a public inquiry was not being held because "the Government can't handle the truth. There were 50 people in this State killed by Loyalists during the '70s and not one person has ever been arrested by the gardai."

Politicians who launched their report into the killing yesterday said their proposed commission should investigate why gardai did not interview anyone in Northern Ireland in connection with the murder - even though four suspects had been identified in 1979, all of whom are still alive.


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