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The Newry Democrat, 21 February 2006:

Ludlow family in Dail

The final hearing into the murder of Louth man Seamus Ludlow concludes this morning with his relatives insisting only a full public inquiry would be a suitable outcome.

At the joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice last week, Judge Henry Barron said he believed the decision not to interview four men suspected of killing Mr Ludlow was "political".

Michael Donegan, a nephew of Mr Ludlow, said he wanted clarification as to who made the decision and demanded a public inquiry.

He said: "We've heard this before in the the Sunday Tribune in 1998. These were the words apparently used by the RUC Special Branch to Paul Hosking, 'Say nothing about it because it's political'.

There seems to be an agreement that it was political. I don't know what Barron is trying to say. Was it a political decision taken by the Gardai or a political decision taken by the government?

"The Gardai have no right to make political decisions. Their job is to tackle crime, not to make political decisions. This case was like no other. Seamus didn't count. He was murdered but they just didn't bother to do anything about it.

"Why did they cover it up? Why did they collude with loyalists? We're not getting these answers from this inquiry. It's just a re-run of the Barron Enquiry.

"Witnesses can appear or not appear as they wish, they can't be questioned under oath, they can't be cross-examined under oath, so there's no penalty for telling lies and there's no doubt that lies have been told.

"That's why we want a public inquiry where witnesses have to give evidence under oath and in public and would be stiffly cross-examined."

Seamus Ludlow, 47, was abducted by Loyalist paramilitaries outside Dundalk and shot dead in May 1976.

Gardai failed to interview four loyalist suspects identified by the RUC 18 months after the murder.

This prompted the Irish Government to order Justice Barron to conduct a series of investrigations into the murder, particularly collusion between loyalists and security forces in the North, which resulted in last November's Barron Report and the current hearings at the Oireachtas.

The Ludlow family, who have been continually calling for a public inquiry into the murder, are set to give a public statement through their solicitor at today's final committee hearing in the Dail.

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