Seamus Ludlow

I see that "Justice" Minister Michael McDowell has apoligised to the Ludlow family for the way the state treated them. He said it was "a matter of profound regret" that the Gardaí failed to conduct a proper investigation. Seamus Ludlow was murdered by a British Army/UDR and Loyalist Red Hand Commando murder gang. He was a totally innocent man whom the Gardaí at the time claimed was murdered by the IRA for being an informer.

I know a lot of the extended Ludlow family, I grew up beside them and this case needs to be resolved and an inquiry needs to be establised to asertain the full facts behind this man's murder.

According to former Sunday Tribune "journalist" Ed Moloney Gardaí may have covered-up the murder ago because of his killers’ links with British military intelligence, an Oireachtas committee heard today.

“Gardaí smeared the Ludlow family in a shameful and disgustingly callous fashion,”

He said the Garda allegation that Mr Ludlow was an IRA informer had caused divisions in the Ludlow family which lasted for two decades, as they rowed over the cause of his death, and prevented them from mounting a cohesive campaign for the truth.

He raised a series of questions about links between the Gardaí and British military intelligence at the time of Mr Ludlow’s death.

“There is no doubt the British have over the years attempted to place agents in the Gardaí,”

In a wide-ranging presentation, he was warned several times by the committee chairman Fianna Fáil TD Sean Ardagh not to use the names of people implicated in murders and spying.

Moloney said one of the four loyalists implicated in the killing of Seamus Ludlow, who he referred as number three, was a member of the Red Hand Commando and had been described as a psychopath with a fearsome and bloody reputation.

“Number three is living in England since the 1980s. I was told by UVF sources that he had departed under a cloud and when I asked if he was an informer, I was told it was reasonable to assume that he was.”

Moloney said there were other cases where British intelligence had allowed an innocent person to be killed despite being warned by their informers. He referred to the killing of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane in 1989 and the shooting of Francisco Notarantonio in 1987.

He described how a member of the Ludlow family living in South Armagh had been arrested in the wake of the murder and questioned about the progress of the Garda investigation.

“Why were the British army so interested in the Ludlow family case that they dispatched soldiers and helicopters? My allegation is that the British army wanted to know if one of their agents was in trouble.”

He said that a full public inquiry into the murder of Seamus Ludlow would deal with the great unanswered question: was one of the killers a British informer and what did the gardaí and the State know about it?

I don't agree with Moloney very often but I do on this occassion. A full public inquiry is the only way to assertain the full facts.

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