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Ludlow family granted leave to apply for judicial review into 1976 murder

Ludlow family granted leave to apply for judicial review into 1976 murder

The family of a local man murdered in 1976 have been given leave to apply for a judicial review seeking an independent inquiry into his death.

47-year-old Seamus Ludlow, from Thistle Cross in Mountpleasant, was murdered in May 1976. Having left the Lisdoo around 11.30pm, he was last seen thumbling a lift at Smith’s Garage (now Rice & Roddy) before his body was discovered the next day less than three miles from his home.

A member of the British army regiment the UDR later confessed to the murder but has never been prosecuted.

Mr Ludlow’s family wants an independent inquiry into the Garda investigation of his death and into what happened to Garda files on the case which went missing.

An Oireachtas Committee recommended ten years ago that two commissions of investigation should be set up to look into the issues around the case.

The application is expected to be made next week.

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