Sinn Féin Louth TD and Party Leader Gerry Adams has challenged the Taoiseach to establish the outstanding Commissions of Investigation recommended by the Barron Commission and Joint Oireachtas report into the murder of Seamus Ludlow.
The Sinn Féin leader, who met the Ludlow family two weeks ago, raised the case with the Taoiseach on Tuesday in the Dáil. Described the Taoiseach’s response as “seriously inadequate” and called on the government to implement the recommendations of the Barron Commission and Joint Oireachtas Committee.
Gerry Adams told the Taoiseach:
“I met recently with the family of Seamus Ludlow who was shot dead by a Unionist paramilitary gang. His case was investigated by the Barron Commission and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights in its final report of March 2006. Both recommended that there should be two commissions of investigation. The Government has not moved on that.
Will the Government act on the recommendations?
Will it agree to implement the joint committee’s recommendation to establish the two commissions of investigation?”
In his response the Taoiseach said that Seamus Ludlow “is not the only one who has been involved here. Let us see how the North-South ministerial meeting on Friday progresses. It is First Minister Robinson’s last one. I hope Stormont can stand up to the test. I will consider the implications of what Deputy Adams has said in regard to the late Seamus Ludlow.”
“The Taoiseach needs to go beyond a consideration of the implications of the Ludlow case. The Final Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee into the murder of Seamus Ludlow was published almost 10 years ago. Its recommendations are clear. Successive governments have failed to act on these.
While the British government has deliberately introduced restrictions on dealing with legacy issues in the north that effectively prevents families from getting information there is nothing to prevent the Irish government from proceeding with the Commissions of Investigations.
Instead of obstructing victims’ families in this jurisdiction the government should be fully supporting them. This should include the government honouring the recommendations of an Oireachtas report.”