Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said today’s ruling in the High Court on the Seamus Ludlow case is a welcome step in the fight for truth and justice.
The Newry/Armagh MLA said: “I welcome today’s ruling by the High Court to grant leave to the family of Seamus Ludlow to challenge a PPS decision not to prosecute, failure to provide reasons and to hold a review into the decision.
“The Ludlow family have been campaigning for over 40 years for truth about Seamus’ murder in 1976 by Loyalist paramilitaries, some believed to be serving members of the UDR.
“This decision will allow the family to move forward in their fight for truth and justice through the courts.
“The Irish government must also end the delay in implementing the report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice which concluded in 2006 that Commissions of Investigation were needed into important aspects of the Seamus Ludlow case. “Sinn Féin will continue to support the Ludlow family in their quest for truth and justice.”
Sinn Féin Louth TD and Party Leader Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision today to give the family of Seamus Ludlow leave to apply for a judicial review seeking an independent inquiry into his death.
Gerry Adams said:
“The family of Seamus Ludlow have demonstrated enormous courage over the last 40 years in seeking truth and justice.
The refusal by successive Irish governments to implement the recommendations of the Barron Inquiry and the Final Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Murder of Seamus Ludlow which was published in March 2006, has caused great hurt.
The Oireachtas report recommended that a commission of investigation should be established into the murder of Seamus Ludlow. No commission of investigation was ever established.
As a result of the government refusal to honour this commitment the family have now had to go to court to raise their concerns and demand an inquiry.
The government should do the right thing and avoid a difficult court case for the family by agreeing to establish the Commission of Investigation into the murder of Seamus Ludlow.
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.”
Speaking after the debate Gerry Adams said:
“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.”
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