Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Maurice and Phyllis McHugh who lost their only child, Caroline, in the 1981 Stardust disaster protest outside the Dail.
They joined other families calling on the Department of Justice to grant legal aid for inquests into the deaths of their relatives.
Via RTE News:
The matter was raised in the Seanad by Sinn Féin Senator Lynn Boylan who said the legal aid route was not suitable and families should not be means tested as it was causing “huge hurt” and risks sewing division between families.
In response, Minister of State for Public Health Frank Feighan told the Seanad that some families exceed the income limits enforced by the legal aid board….
Call for Stardust families to be granted legal aid for inquests (RTÉ)
From top: The Stardust commemoration last Saturday: Gary Gannon on the plinth at Leinster House yesterday
Further to a row over legal aid that may delay the start of the The Stardust fire inquests, due to begin in May….
….Darragh Mackin, solicitor for the families, said he had been unable to instruct barristers as the Department of Justice has not released any funding despite his application for their legal aid being approved.
Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon told deputies:
“The delay in the commencement of the Stardust Inquest – due to the Department of Justice’s refusal to release funds – is absolutely unacceptable. Releasing funding to allow the legal team of the families to carry out research and preparation is essential.
“The Stardust Inquest will be one of the largest ever to be conducted in the State. It is vital that resources are provided in advance so that the families’ legal team can carry out research and preparations. There needs to be special arrangements for large-scale inquests like this. We should be following the good practice established at the Hillsborough Inquest.
“I am calling on the Minister for Justice to immediately meet with the legal representative of the families to resolve the issue of funding so that the inquest can begin without more delays.”
Previously: Stardust fire inquests delayed over legal aid row (Irish Times, February 13)
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy
The Irish Times reports:
Legal aid has been assigned to Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy in relation to his trial on charges of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton during a water charges protest almost 18 months ago.
A trial date has not yet been fixed for Mr Murphy (32), with an address at The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer.
…A solicitor acting for Mr Murphy on Thursday said he was making an application for legal aid and handed in a statement of means. He said the State was on notice and had no objection. He said the case could last four to six weeks.
Judge Melanie Greally said based on the average weekly income in the documentation she would assign legal aid. The figures in the documentation were not disclosed in open court.
TD Paul Murphy assigned legal aid for Jobstown protest trial (Irish Times)