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Taoiseach must insist on full British co-operation with Seamus Ludlow hearings - Ó Caoláin

3 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin has said the Taoiseach must insist on full co-operation from the British government and its agencies in the forthcoming Oireachtas Committee hearings on the murder of Séamus Ludlow.          

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, “The report of Justice Barron is an indictment in particular of senior Garda management who prevented the investigation being pursued in 1979 even though they had the names of the four suspects, two of whom were members of the British Army’s Ulster Defence Regiment. The Report’s conclusion that the decision not to pursue this was taken by Deputy Commissioner Laurence Wren, possibly in consultation with senior officials of the Department of Justice, raises very serious questions.

“Once again, as in the case of his Dublin-Monaghan bombings investigation, the work of Justice Henry Barron has been hampered by lack of co-operation from the British authorities. He has concluded that he finds it hard to accept that requested documentation does not exist.

“The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, at his next meeting with Tony Blair, must insist on full co-operation from the British authorities with the forthcoming hearings of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights on this latest Barron Report. This must include making available witnesses and documentation.” ENDS

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