Ludlow family to meet with Garda Commissioner to discuss murder case

The family of murdered local man Seamus Ludlow are to meet Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in the coming weeks to discuss the case.

The 47-year-old was shot dead close to his home at Thistle Cross in May 1976 by a loyalist gang that included members of the UDR and outlawed Red Hand Commando.

Two of those suspected of involvement later allegedly made admissions and even drew sketches of the murder scene when arrested by the RUC in 1998.

A year later the Department for Public Prosecutions (DPP) decided not to put anyone before the courts for the murder.

In March this year relatives of Mr Ludlow were given leave to take judicial review proceedings against the Public Prosecution Service, which replaced the DPP, over the failure to take action.

The Ludlow family has previously called for an independent inquiry into the Garda investigation and into what happened to files on the case which later went missing.

In 2006 a joint Oireachtas committee recommended that two commissions of investigation should be set up to look into the issues around the case.

The recommendations came after a report into the murder was produced by retired High Court judge Henry Barron.

Relatives are also taking separate legal action in the Court of Appeal in Dublin in a bid to force the Irish government to proceed with the recommendations.

Mr Ludlow’s nephew Michael Donegan told The Irish News his family will continue its campaign for justice.

“Most of the facts have only come to light through investigative journalism and we remain committed to finding out the full facts of our case,” he said.

The family’s solicitor Gavin Booth added: “There is a considerable public interest in ensuring all facts and circumstances are known.”