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).
“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.”
— Fine Gael (@FineGael) January 25, 2017
— Mick Caul (@caulmick) January 25, 2017