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The Irish News, 9 February 2006:

Ludlow family accept apology


(Valerie Robinson, Irish News)

Relatives of Co Louth man Seamus Ludlow have welcomed an apology by the Republic's justice minister for their treatment by the state.

Michael McDowell made the apology yesterday (Wednesday) while addressing an Oireachtas committee examining the Barron report on the 1976 murder.

Mr Ludlow (47), was abducted by loyalist paramilitaries while walking home from a pub in Dundalk. His body was found the following day dumped in a laneway. He had been shot three times.

No-one has ever been charged with the murders, although the names of four suspects – with links to the Northern Ireland security forces – have been in the public domain for several years.

Mr McDowell said it was a matter of "profound regret" that gardai had failed to conduct a proper investigation into the killing. In his report, Mr Justice Henry Barron was severely critical of the way gardai handled the original murder investigation. He singled out investigators' failure to follow up key information identifying the four suspected perpetrators.

Mr Ludlow's nephew Jimmy Sharkey last night said it was "great" to learn of the minister's apology, adding that he hoped it was a "step in the right direction" towards a full public inquiry.

Members of the Ludlow family last month told the committee they had been treated badly by gardai, who wrongly claimed the dead man had subversive connections and failed to inform relatives of his inquest date.

During the committee hearings, former Garda commissioner Laurence Wren rejected Mr Justice Barron's finding that it was probably him who made a decision not to pursue the interrogation of four loyalist suspects in Northern Ireland.

However, former Superintendent John Courtney insisted he had been given the names of four loyalist suspects by the RUC 18 months after the murder but was told by his superiors that no action would be taken.

Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy last week expressed his regret that the murder investigation had not been brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

Mr Conroy said he had no difficulty in asking the PSNI if there was any avenue left to enable the reopening of the case.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin's Caoimhghin O Caolain called for the immediate setting up of a public inquiry. A statement read yesterday by the TD before the Oireachtas committee, on behalf of an "anonymous" third party from Northern Ireland, suggested that new information would be made available if such an inquiry was set up.

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