The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?




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The Irish Sun, 8 September 2005: 

Tell us what you know about Seamus's murder

Joe's Barron Report Plea

By Deirdre Reynolds

The Barron report into the loyalist killing of Seamus Ludlow must be published in the wake of the "disturbing" second inquest into his death, Labour insisted yesterday.

Party justice spokesman, Joe Costello said Monday's "unlawful killing" verdict at Dundalk Coroner's Court raised serious questions for BOTH the Irish and British governments.

The inquest ruled that forestry worker Seamus, 47, far right, had been the victim of a random loyalist killing. He was shot three times after allegedly being kidnapped by four Ulster Defence Association men while walking home in Dundalk, Co Louth, in May 1976.

Mr Costello, above, yesterday claimed Taoiseach Bertie Ahern had received the official Barron Report - which was compiled after a private inquiry - into the shooting in March.

Back then Mr Ahern, left, told the Dail that it would be forwarded to the Oireachtas within weeks.

But Mr Costello added: "Seven months later the report still has not been published.

"And there is still no indication as to when it will be referred to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice. The early publication of this report is now essential following disturbing disclosures at the inquest into the death of Mr Ludlow.

"Evidence heard at the inquest this week raised very serious questions for both the British and Irish authorities.

"There must be no question of delaying publication of the report because of embarrassment that may be caused for any individuals.

"The Dail and the Ludlow family are entitled to an explanation from the Taoiseach as to why he has failed to honour this commitment."

Two suspects admitted Seamus's murder after being arrested by RUC cops in 1998 - but no charges were brought.

His family are pressing for a public inquiry.

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