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Adams raises Seamus Ludlow case with Taoiseach

31 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams today raised the High Court action which has been commenced by the family of Seamus Ludlow.

Teachta Adams said:

“The Final Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice in 2006concluded that Commissions of Investigation were needed into important aspects of the Seamus Ludlow case.

“Despite this clear statement of support for Commissions of Investigation, there has been a refusal by successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael led governments to do this.

“As a consequence of the state’s actions or lack of action, the Ludlow family, who have been seeking truth for 40 years, are today in the High Court.

“It is unacceptable that the government is actively blocking the creation of Commissions of Investigation as recommended and has forced a family to endure a High Court action.” 


Seamus Ludlow was shot dead in May 1976 by unionist paramilitaries.

His case was one of those investigated by the Barron Commission and was the subject of the Final Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Murder of Seamus Ludlow in March 2006.

At that time, the Commission concluded that collusion had occurred involving the loyalist gang which included two officers from the Ulster Defence Regiment. It also recorded its disappointment at the lack of co-operation by the British authorities.

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