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A Statement issued by the Celtic League:


The Celtic League have criticised the obstructions placed in the path of the Co. Louth Coroner who is pursuing a reopened inquest into the death of Seamus Ludlow, a forestry worker, who was murdered by a loyalist gang in May 1976.

The Celtic League had previously supported calls by the Ludlow family for a reopened inquest and an independent enquiry into his murder because of widespread suspicions that the loyalist murder gang involved were actively colluding with the British military intelligence services believed to be carrying out acts of violence south of the border at that time.

The League have urged the Justice Minister to speak out and remove any impediment which blocks access by the Coroner to documentation held by the Irish Police and ensure that they cooperate fully with the inquest process.

Bernard Moffatt
Secretary General


"Minister Michael McDowell, T.D.,
Minister for Justice Equality & Law Reform
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
94 St. Stephens Green
Dublin 2

Dear Minister,

We corresponded with the Irish government sometime ago supporting efforts by the family of Seamus Ludlow to bring closure to the circumstances surrounding his murder in 1977.

I am sorry to say that since that time, despite assurance from the Government, little progress has made been in  resolving the issue and we understand the most recent delay is the failure of the Garda to cooperate fully and make available relevant documentation to the Coroner for Louth County who was instructed two years ago by the Attorney General to re-open the inquest.

There can have been few issues more distressing over the past thirty years in the North of Ireland than the failure to hold inquests or when such inquests were held attempts by the State, by surreptitious, means to frustrate their progress.

This trauma and frustration  now seems to be visited, south of the border, on the Ludlow family by the actions of an Agency of your government.

We hope that the necessary steps will be put in motion to ensure that the Co. Louth Coroner is facilitated by the State and not frustrated in his efforts to conclude this long overdue inquest.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt


Copyright 2005 the Ludlow family. All rights reserved.

Revised: August 04, 2005 .