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Adams backs Ludlow family

6 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has praised the family of Seamus Ludlow for their “commitment and dedication to uncovering the truth about the circumstances of his murder 40 years ago”.

Early this week, at the Lisdoo Arms, the last place Seamus was seen alive, the family announced that they intend – with the Belfast Law firm KRW Law - to launch judicial review proceedings against the Police Ombudsman in the north. This seeks to investigate why the Ombudsman allegedly failed to investigate allegations that the RUC Special Branch had an agent working within the unionist death squad that killed Seamus Ludlow.

The family have also presented the Gardaí in Dundalk with a letter for the Minister for Justice calling for justice for the family. These moves are in addition to judicial review proceedings in this state seeking answers to why the Minister for Justice has failed to set up a Commission of Investigation as per the recommendation of the Barron report.

Teachta Adams said:

“I want to commend the steadfastness and courage of the Ludlow family, including those family members who have since died, in their determination to pursue justice for Seamus. 

For 40 years the Ludlow family have valiantly campaigned for a public inquiry to establish the truth surrounding his murder.

A number of months ago I met with the extended Ludlow family and their legal representatives from KRW Law. Along with Kevin Winters and Gavin Booth from the law firm there were 19 of Seamus Ludlow’s family present, including Seamus’ sister Kathleen Donegan. And I want to convey my sincere sympathies to the entire family on Kathleen’s passing earlier this year. 

Like many other families campaigning for truth for loved ones killed during the conflict the Ludlow campaign now embraces several generations. Those members of the family who have campaigned for 40 years are joined by nephews and nieces and grand nephews and grand-nieces who have now taken up the challenge.

I reaffirm Sinn Féin’s support for their campaign for truth into the circumstances of Seamus’ murder. I believe that the first stage in achieving this is for the Government to establish the Commission of Investigation recommended by the 2006 Barron Report.  

The British government continues to frustrate their just demands by refusing to hand over documents relating to the killing.

This will surprise few given the recent British government decision in the Stormont House negotiation to use the ‘national security’ excuse to deny all victims of British state violence information and truth and closure. 

The Ludlow family refuse to be deterred. With their legal representatives they have mapped out a legal course of action that will challenge those who have tried to suppress the truth of what happened to Seamus Ludlow.

I believe that this approach has created a momentum in the campaign which can be built upon. I hope that all of the Louth Oireachtas members will support this campaign for justice. 

Sinn Féin will continue to work with all those committed to the aims of the Ludlow campaign and will do all we can to assist the family in their endeavour.”

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