Not For Turning


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This morning.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Families affected by the 1981 Stardust tragedy prepare to meet Minister of State Finian McGrath on the Government’s response to a private members motion, which calls for a commission of investigation to be set up into the  fire.

Forty eight people died at the Stardust nightclub in Artane in north Dublin on Valentine’s night 1981. The families say they have significant new evidence into the cause of the fire. Some Fine Gael cabinet members want this evidence independently verified before agreeing to a statutory inquiry and complain about the cost of an inquiry.

Top from left: Maurice Frazer who lost his sister Thelma (20), Antoinette with her mother Christine Keegan with a picture of Martina and Mary who died in the Stardust, Eugene Kelly who lost his brother Robert Kelly (17) , Patricia Kennedy who lost her daughter Mary (Maire) (17) , Louise and her mother Bridget who lost William (22), Marcela (16) and George (18).

‘We just want the truth’: Stardust families seek inquiry (Irish Times)


“Had this happened back in September it would have been different,” said one Fine Gael minister. “We recognise Finian’s difficulty and we don’t object to an inquiry in principle. But we can’t have an inquiry just for the sake of it, given how much it would cost.


Finian McGrath ‘not for turning’ on Stardust (Irish Examiner)



15 thoughts on “Not For Turning

  1. Smith

    Interesting, one of the group said earlier that they would have been treated differently and received justice if the fire had been in Donnybrook.

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    Fianna Fail will stay silent on this. They’re not going to push for an enquiry into one of their own.

    1. Westbrit

      Butterly was an FF stalwart and a member of Haugheys cadre of “friends”. He also profited from the judgement of the tribunal and its finding that the fire was started deliberately which enabled him to sue Dublin Corporation for malicious damages.

  3. Anomanomanom

    Lets be honest, although it was awful thing to happen, more money being wasted on an inquiry is going to do nothing.

      1. Anomanomanom

        I get you soexcited dont I, its getting creepy. And iv never “hatched” anyone’s job in hr.

    1. Joxer

      well it could get to the truth as to why all those young adults died and at least give their relatives could also find out who was responsible for the fire and also why so many could not get out of the building. there has been no meaningful attempt to get to the truth of what happened that night and i think that even now the state should try to determine why so many of its citizens were allowed die and no one held to account.

      So why would the money be considered wasted?

      1. Anomanomanom

        Because this is Ireland and everyone involved will drag it out so they can line their pockets. Then we’ll get the normal shite of not people not being happy not matter what comes out of the inquiry and then calling for another inquiry. Just like most people in dublin, that know or knew people in the stardust, we know the answers to most of those questions.

  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    I had to look up “cucks”. It means what I thought it did but it really is indicative of political “discourse” these days.

  5. 15p

    “the results of the inquiry are out .. and we can confirm, that those young people.. are tragically.. still dead. we can also confirm, that it was the fire exits being locked .. that trapped them inside with the fire. thank you, here’s the bill for that, and also, it was a welcome distraction for the government while pressing matters such as Brexit and homeless ness were simply too annoying to address.”

  6. Truth in the News

    Let the Heavens Fall let justice be done, what the Blueshirts are sensitive about, is that something may emerge
    that would affect the reputation of the deceased Judge Declan Costello as he presiding Judge of the Stardust
    Inquiry, no point in damaging the main proponent and author of the 1960’s Fine Gael policy document of the
    “Just Society”, and Fianna Fail might enlighten us all at the background of the Stardust Scandal.

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