31 January 2006

Former Fine Gael TD finally admits he was wrong on Ludlow killing

Sinn Féin

Published: 31 January, 2006

Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Arthur Morgan has welcomed the fact that former Louth Fine Gael TD, Brendan McGahon has finally admitted that he was wrong to blame the IRA for the killing of Seamus Ludlow at the time and has now accepted that loyalists were responsible. Deputy Morgan was responding to McGahon’s appearance at the sub-committee on the Barron Report in Leinster House today.

However, Deputy Morgan didn’t accept the former deputy's partial amnesia in relation where he got his original information. Deputy Morgan also described as “incredible” comments made by McGahon that loyalists couldn’t have been suspected of the killing because he said they hadn’t been active in the area.

Deputy Morgan said, “While I would like to welcome the fact that former Fine Gael TD Brendan McGahon had finally admitted that he was wrong to blame the IRA for the killing of Seamus Ludlow by loyalists I find it hard to believe that he can’t remember what member of the Gardai gave him the information.

“More disturbing however was Brendan McGahon's suggestion at today’s meeting that loyalists couldn’t have been suspected of the killing at the time because he says they weren’t active in the area at the time. This is an incredible statement given the fact that loyalists had been involved in the bombing of Dundalk in December 1975, Castleblayney in March 1976 and in other bombings in Counties Monaghan and Cavan in the preceding years. The reality is that Brendan McGahon tried to use the killing of Seamus Ludlow to advance his own particular anti-republican agenda regardless of the hurt and pain it caused the Ludlow family.” ENDS

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