02 May 2006

An Fhírinne launch new anti-collusion website


By Francesca Ryan

An FhÍrinne campaign group is launching its new website at the Roddy McCorley Social Club this Tuesday.

Made up of the relatives and friends of hundreds of Catholics, nationalists and republicans who have been murdered by unionist death squads in collusion with the British, the group is stepping up their campaign to highlight the truth behind state murder.

Among the many relatives and friends attending the event will be the family of Dundalk man Seamus Ludlow.

On May 2 1976, the 47-year-old, a Catholic forestry worker, was abducted and murdered by loyalists from north Down after leaving the Lisdoo Arms pub in Dundalk.

He was shot three times and his body was found the following day about a half mile from his home in County Louth. The case went cold when An Garda Síochána refused to travel north of the border to question the suspects because, they say, they didn't want the same rights reciprocated to the RUC.

This excuse was recently shot down by Belfast republican Pat Livingstone who was questioned by the RUC when he was detained in at a Garda station in Dundalk five months prior to the Ludlow killing.

The Ludlow family is continuing to fight for the truth.

“The launch of the website is coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the murder of Seamus Ludlow," An Fhirinne's Jennifer McCann told the Andersonstown News.

“We are honoured to have the Ludlow family attend this launch and look forward to gaining more support for all these cases on the international stage via the new website."

The launch will take place at the Roddy McCorley's Social Club at 11am on Tuesday where Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, will deliver a speech.
The website can be found at www.anfhirinne.org.

Journalist:: Francesca Ryan

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