25 January 2006

Family seeks independent inquiry into man’s murder

Irish Examiner

By Senan Hogan
25 January 2006

THE family of murdered Dundalk forestry worker Seamus Ludlow yesterday repeated demands for an independent public inquiry into the death.
Relatives appeared before the Oireachtas Justice Sub-Committee, which has begun hearings into last November’s report by Mr Justice Henry Barron on the 1976 crime.

Mr Ludlow, 47, who the Barron report said had no links to paramilitary groups, was shot dead on May 2, 1976, as he returned home from a night out.

“The Barron report left a lot of unanswered questions. The forum for these to be addressed is an independent public inquiry,” Mr Ludlow’s nephew, Jimmy Sharkey, told the all-party body.

“It is the bottom line for us. Nothing else. Nothing more.”

The dead man’s brother, Kevin Ludlow, said the family had still not received an apology from gardaí who investigated the case. “It’s a shame to think of the way the gardaí acted. We were treated very badly. Nothing only lies from the gardaí,” he said.

The Barron report said the RUC told gardaí in 1979 that it believed four named loyalists were involved in his killing, but this information was not pursued by the Gardaí at the time.

Mr Ludlow said gardaí had put the blame on the IRA for the crime at the time.

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