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The Irish News, 22 February 2006:

Ludlow family give up hope for justice

By Michael Brennan, PA

The family of a murdered Dundalk forestry worker have given up hope of his killers ever being brought to justice, it emerged yesterday.

Seamus Ludlow (47) was abducted by loyalist paramilitaries in Co Louth and shot dead on May 2 1976, but gardai never interviewed the suspects identified by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) 18 months later.

THe Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice heard that the family now accepted that a loyalist gang had carried out the random sectarian murder but would never be held responsible.

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

The four suspects named in Judge Henry Barron's report into the killing - Paul Hosking, James Fitzsimmons, Richard Long and Samuel Carroll - were arrested in the north in 1998 but the DPP there decided not to prosecute them because of insufficient evidence.

But Mr Coffey said the family wanted a full public inquiry to discover why gardai had never been given permission to travel across 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.

The justice committee, which was holding the final of its seven hearings into Judge Henry Barron's report on the murder, must consider whether to recommend a full public inquiry in its report next month.

Mr Coffey said the Ludlow family had been steadfast in their pursuit of the truth for 30 years, which has seen them endure two inquests into their brother's death, two Garda internal investigations and Judge Barron's report.

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

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