I propose to take Questions Nos. 192 and 193 together.
The killing of Seamus Ludlow in May 1976 was a callous act of violence for which there can be no justification. It was, above all, a tragedy for Seamus Ludlow's family.
As the Deputy will be aware the late Mr. Justice Henry Barron carried out a lengthy and detailed inquiry into a number of brutal atrocities committed in the State in the 1970s which claimed the lives of innocent people, including into the murder of Seamus Ludlow and surrounding events. The Barron Inquiry's report on the murder of Seamus Ludlow was reported on by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights in 2006 and the Committee made many recommendations with regard to various aspects of the case which have been followed through. There are, however, no plans at present to establish a Commission of Investigation into the case.
It is a matter of regret that to date nobody has been made amenable for this crime. The Garda investigation remains open and any credible new information that is brought to attention will be pursued vigorously by the investigators. I have asked the Garda authorities for a report on the up-to-date position and I will communicate further with the Deputy when it is to hand.