Ludlow Ruling a Welcome Step – Conor Murphy MLA

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.

Members of the Ludlow Family on a recent visit to Leinster House with Gerry Adams TD & Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú

“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.”

Cllr Cunningham: Stay Focussed on Facts in Cameron Case

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has asked the public to stay focussed on the facts in the Cameron Reilly investigation and to assist Gardaí in whatever way they can. This follows false reports that Cameron’s phone had been found.

Cllr Cunningham said “It has NOT been found. I would ask that members of the public in the surrounding areas of Dunleer and further afield if necessary, to please remain vigilant and to check in and around their property, especially gardens, bins or skips, in case it has been thrown there. It is an Apple iPhone 8x with a green hard back cover although that may have been removed.  Gardaí are very anxious to retrieve the phone.”

Cllr Cunningham also criticised a report in today’s Irish Mirror online in relation to the tragic case. He said “according to reports in the Irish Mirror, a ‘source’ told them that one of the groups that were present on Saturday night were ‘hardcore’ and ‘fancied themselves as republicans.’ This is a sinister attempt by that media outlet to use the case of Cameron Reilly to score some sort of political point and to further demonise those who happen to have a political goal that differs from theirs.”

Cllr Cunningham encouraged people to “ignore stories like this, this only serves to distract the public from the real issue which is to find out what happened to Cameron and to catch those responsible so they can be brought to justice and hopefully give his family some kind of peace of mind during this awful time.”

Cllr Cunningham also said “I would call on the Irish Mirror to hand over to the Gardaí, whatever information they have on this case, and they seem to have information that no-one else has.”

Councillors Pearse McGeough and Ruairí Ó Murchú attended a vigil held for Cameron along with Imelda Munster TD. “It was a very moving experience to see the outpouring of grief, disbelief and the support for the family. Dunleer was and is a great place to live and this awful tragedy in no way reflects the sense of community of the area.”

“I want to ask the public once again, if you know anything no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, please contact the Gardaí in Drogheda on 041-987 4200 or you can ring the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

“We need to find out what happened to this young man who had his whole life ahead of him. Any information you have could be vital to the investigation. Do not get distracted by those who seek to use this for their own ends. Let’s keep focussed on Cameron and justice.”

Adams welcomes Ludlow decision

DSC_3254_6510Sinn 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.

Adams challenges Taoiseach on Ludlow murder

DSC_3254_6510Sinn 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.”


Gerry Adams TD expresses concern at crime figures in wake of two brutal attacks in Louth

DSC_3254_6510Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed deep concern at the latest crime figures in the wake of two brutal attacks in Louth.

According to the latest CSO recorded crime figures published, the number of assaults, thefts and burglaries has risen over the past year.

Gerry Adams said:

“In light of the recent shocking killing of Martin Mulligan near Dundalk and the brutal stabbing of a pharmacy employee in Drogheda, the latest crime figures are very worrying. CSO figures show an increase of assaults of 10.4%, burglaries rising by 8.4%, and theft rising by 1.8%.

“There has been a continuous cutting back of vital resources that the Gardaí require to do their job. I recently called on the Minister for Justice to increase Garda numbers which have fallen over the last five years.

“Recent parliamentary questions to the Minister show that a town as large as Drogheda has only five community Gardaí. There is a direct correlation between these figures and the closure of rural Garda stations and lack of investment in Garda resources.

“Communities right across the country are paying the price for Government policy. The Government must increase investment in Garda personnel and resources to deal with the erosion of public confidence in the Garda’s ability to tackle serious crime.”

The following is the reply to a PQ submitted by Deputy Adams to the Dáil –

PQ 1 crime figures PQ 2 Crime figures