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Dundalk Bombing Report Finds Collusion - Download the Barron Report (pdf file) on the Dundalk bombing - Download the International Report on Collusion - Download the Oireachtas Committee Final Report on the Dundalk bombing and other collusion attacks

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 Seamus Ludlow: murdered by UDR and Red Hand Commano death squad in County Louth, 2 May 1976. His killers have been protected by a garda and RUC cover-up ever since!The lifeless body of the murdered Seamus Ludlow as it was found in the lane near his home in May 1976. Is this despicable crime about to be pushed under the carpet once again by a government that still refuses to establish the truth behind the cover-up?







The Irish News, 26 February 2008:

'Flimsiest excuses' used to block 1976 murder inquiry say family

By Valerie Robinson

Southern Correspondent

The family of forestry worker Seamus Ludlow, pictured, has accused the Irish government of using the 'flimsiest excuses' not to hold an independent inquiry into his 1976 murder.

Campaigners are still awaiting a decision by the Republic's attorney general on whether a new inquiry should be conducted into Mr Ludlow's killing by loyalist paramilitaries on the border.

The attorney general had been expected to make a decision on the issue earlier this month, but the victim's relatives have still not heard whether their request will be granted.

Mr Ludlow's nephew Jimmy Sharkey told The Irish News of his concern that the government was attempting to "sweep his uncle's murder under the carpet".

He was commenting on a remark made by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in the Dail last week that - on the advice he had received - there "does not seem to be way of getting a tight investigation that can meaningfully deal with this issue".

Responding to a question by Sinn Fein's Caoimhghin O Caolain about loyalist atrocities, the Taoiseach said: "We cannot have inquiries into all of them.

"We will not get behind the MI5 and MI6 information in any of the cases."

The Ludlow family's legal advisor is studying a transcript of the Dail exchange but Mr Sharkey accused the government of attempting to put obstacles in their way to getting the full facts behind Mr Ludlow's killing.

"We have been blocked and impeded at every corner by the government and of course they're taking their time about this [AG's decision]. They are just trying to use the flimsiest excuses not to have an inquiry," Mr Sharkey said.

Campaigners are seeking the fresh probe to investigate why gardai conducting the original murder inquiry failed to act on information that pointed to the identity of the killers and didn't follow up a ballistics trail that led to Northern Ireland.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said officials from the attorney general's office had met the Ludlow's legal advisors to discuss their call for a "focused public inquiry" and had reported to the Taoiseach's office.

"Issues arising out of the meeting are to be considered before responding to the request of the family," he said.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Sharkey said the family had been told by gardai that the force is continuing to cooperate with the PSNI Historical Enquiries Team on the matter.

He warned that if the government failed to move the issue forward, the Ludlow family would consider taking their campaign to the European Court of Human Rights.

Seamus Ludlow, a 47-year-old Co Louth bachelor, who lived with his mother, was lured into a car after leaving a Dundalk pub on the night of May 2 1976.

His body was found in a laneway the following day having been shot three times.

Four Northern Ireland men have been named as suspects in the murder but they have never been charged, and the authorities in the south have never sought their extradition. The RUC first told gardai of the four men in 1979.

Earlier this month, the Dail heard calls from opposition parties for the British-Irish interparliamentary body to be used as a mechanism for co-operation from the British authorities in releasing files relating to murders linked to the Northern Ireland conflict.

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Remember: You can download to your computer a complete copy of the Barron Report on the murder of Seamus Ludlow  from the Oireachtas website (pdf file)

You can also download the Final Oireachtas Sub-Committee Report on the murder of Seamus Ludlow from the Oireachtas website (pdf file)

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The Ludlow family supports the campaign by the Rooney and Watters families of Dundalk for an inquiry into the murderous Dundalk Bombing of 19 December 1975 which resulted in the sectarian murder of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters. 

A  Barron Report on this other sectarian attack in Dundalk, and other attacks along the border, was published 5 July 2006. 

An Oireachtas sub-committee also held public hearings on the Dundalk bombing and issued a further report on 29 November 2006.The Oireachtas report found damning evidence of British state collusion between UK army and intelligence agencies and loyalist terrorists in this and other atrocities along the border


Download the Barron Report (pdf file) on the Dundalk bombing.

Download the International Report on Collusion from the Pat Finucane Centre website

Download the Oireachtas Report on the Dundalk bombing and other collusion attacks

Further information can be accessed at their Dundalk bombing campaign website.

Also visit:
Relatives for Justice:  http://www.relativesforjustice.com/
Pat Finucane Centre: http://www.patfinucanecentre.org
British Irish Rights Watch: http://www.birw.org/
Irish Council for Civil Liberties:  http://www.iccl.ie/
Celtic League:  http://www.manxman.co.im/cleague/index.html
Justice for the Forgotten: http://www.dublinmonaghanbombings.org/


The 1st. Barron Report on the May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings can be downloaded in pdf format from: http://www.irlgov.ie/oireachtas/Committees-29th-D%E1il/jcjedwr-debates/InterimDubMon.pdf

Download the MacEntee Commission of Investigation's Final Report on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 17 May 1974 from the Justice for the Forgotten group's campaign website.

The 2nd.Barron Report on the Dublin Bombings of 1972 and 1973, and other incidents along the Irish border, can be downloaded in pdf form from: http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/committees29thdail/jcjedwr/Dublin_Barron_Rep031204.pdf


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