30 March 2006

New fears of collusion on Ludlow murder

Belfast Telegraph

By Michael McHugh
30 March 2006

The Northern Ireland authorities should address the "gravest concerns" of collusion surrounding the loyalist murder of a Dundalk victim in the 1970s, an Irish parliamentary report has stated.

A report into the murder of Seamus Ludlow (47) by Red Hand Commando gunmen in May 1976 was published yesterday by the Justice Committee in Dublin, raising fresh fears about collusion between security forces and loyalists.

The dossier also includes calls for further inquiries, short of the public inquiry demanded by Mr Ludlow's relatives, as well as criticism of northern decision-makers.

The random victim was picked up in Dundalk while hailing a lift home and shot dead near his house.

Two of the four suspected assassins were members of the UDR at the time and there are questions about the actions of the British Army and the RUC in the period after the killings.

"The sub-committee has the gravest concerns about the role collusion played in the murder of Seamus Ludlow," said the final report to the Justice Department.

"Two of the suspects were serving members of the UDR. The brother-in-law of Seamus Ludlow, Mr Kevin Donegan, was detained the day after the funeral by the British Army. The British Army wanted to know what the Gardai knew about the case," it said.

"Notes of the interrogation of Mr Kevin Donegan by the British Army have not been made available by the British authorities. There was a delay of 18 months before relevant information (on the identity of the loyalist murder suspects) was passed on by the RUC to the Gardai."

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