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Adams commends family of Seamus Ludlow

30 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Louth TD Gerry Adams has commended the family of Seamus Ludlow for their “courage and perseverance for over 40 years in seeking the truth about his murder in 1976”.

Gerry Adams said:

“This week, a three day hearing will take place in the High Court in Dublin at which the family of Seamus Ludlow will seek the establishment by the Minister for Justice of the two commissions of investigations recommended by the Barron Report.

“The Final Report of the Barron Commission was critical of the treatment of the Ludlow family, Gardaí conduct, missing documents and possible collusion by the British state. It concluded that ‘...a further inquiry is essential in order to ensure justice is both done and seen to be done. It is also necessary to address the potential damage to the rule of law that would occur if the investigation into the murder of any citizen of the State is not treated in a thorough and professional manner as is the right of every citizen’.

“The appalling treatment of the family by the state has been compounded by the refusal to establish the Commissions of Investigation and now by forcing the family to take the Minister to Court.

“Sinn Féin supports the family in their efforts to get truth. I would urge the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald not to force the family to endure a High Court case, but to resolve this matter by setting up the Commissions of Investigation recommended by the 2006 Barron Report.” 

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