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Friday 22 September 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Inquest

Former Stardust boss denies 'throwing doorman under the bus' over locking of exit doors
A large number of eyewitness accounts, some graphic, of people attempting to escape the club during the blaze were put to Mr Butterly.
21st September 2023
New inquest ordered into murder of Thomas Lockard in 1998
Thomas Lockard was found beaten on the side of the road weeks after the Good Friday agreement was signed.
This week
17th September 2023 - 22nd September 2023
Stardust waitress 'shocked' by statement quoting her saying exit doors were never chained shut
In response to a question from a member of the coroner’s legal team, Cobbe said: “There were always chains and locks on the doors.”
Last week
10th September 2023 - 16th September 2023
Former Stardust doorman denies he was ‘put up to’ telling gardaí he had opened the exits
Michael Kavanagh gave evidence for the third day at the inquests.
This month
September 2023
Doorman admitted front door of Stardust was locked and key removed on night of fatal fire
The inquest into the 1981 fire at the Stardust complex in Artane resumed today following a summer break.
Last month
August 2023
Woman who died after childbirth suffered "catastrophic" internal bleed, inquest hears
She gave birth to her daughter, Eva, at the hospital at 7.48pm on 20 April last year only to die in the early hours of the following day.
Death of 16-month-old in foster care due to several factors including sedative effect of antihistamine
The boy was found in an unresponsive state in his cot on the morning of 11 April, 2022.
Tourist in Dublin died after eating sauce containing peanuts at a friend’s home, inquest hears
The 21-year-old had an extreme allergic reaction to a piece of meat with sauce containing peanuts.
This year
Coroner says it is 'an outrage' that Pfizer executive could not attend inquest due to threats
Dr Ellsbury was called to attend the inquest investigating the death of Joseph McGinty (14) of The Valley, Achill Island, Co Mayo.
Stardust doorman tells inquest he cannot say if doors were unlocked on the night of the fire
Leo Doyle said he had no idea who came up with the idea of draping chains over the club’s doors to give the impression that they were locked.
Stardust doorman rejects claim that he blamed patrons for not being able to exit nightclub
John Furley said there was “wholesale panic” inside the nightclub on the night of the fire.
Stardust doorman claims witnesses 'wrong' about seeing him kick padlock off exit door
John Furley said he first saw a seat on fire in the nigthclub, followed by a“a wave of smoke” the full width of an alcove coming right across the dancefloor.
Stardust floor manager thought fire was deliberately started so people could 'rob the bars'
Phelim Kinahan gave evidence remotely to the Dublin Coroner’s Court accompanied by a legal advisor.
Dept Transport refute claims of obstructing inquest into death of Irish Coast Guard volunteer
Caitriona Lucas died after a RIB capsized during a search for a missing man on 12 September 2016.
Inquest finds death of boy (12) who was driving car that collided with truck was 'tragic accident'
The inquest heard that, unbeknownst to his mother, the boy took her Nissan Qashqai from their home on the night in question.
Inquest hears from woman who claims baby died in childbirth because she was denied a c-section
Chunling Chen told an inquest that her concerns for her babies were dismissed “sarcastically” by doctors and nurses.
Jury told of 'utmost importance' to families and wider public of Stardust inquests
Pen portraits have concluded and the court is now preparing to hear background facts and evidence.
Christy Moore reads pen portrait of Stardust victim on behalf of family at inquest hearing
The Stardust tragedy saw 48 young people killed and over 200 people injured.
Mystery still surrounds death of elderly couple who were found mummified in house
The couple had been dead for at least a year when they were found, the inquest heard.
Schoolboy died from blood loss after uncle's frenzied knife and hammer attack, inquest hears
The incident happened at a home in Limerick in November 2019.
Kingsmill Troubles inquest ‘a painful and frustrating process for victims’ families’
The long-running proceedings heard final submissions today.
Inquest hears woman found dead with two children had expressed fear of being killed by husband
The bodies of Seema Banu and her two children were discovered in their home in Co Dublin on 28 October 2020.
Motorcycle rider William Dunlop died after 'blast of oil and smoke' from bike, inquest hears
Dunlop was killed in the crash which occurred during a practice run for the Skerries 100 races on 7 July, 2018.
Young Carlow rider was fatally injured after horse landed on her at water jump, inquest hears
Allegra “Tiggy” Hancock’s mother said her death was a “tragic accident”.
Sligo man died from burns suffered while taking a hot bath, inquest hears
The man had to be airlifted by helicopter to hospital because of the extent of the burns to his body after being scalded by hot water.
Date set for inquest into death of Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas
The inquest will be held on 12 April.
Cork coroner urges animal owners to be cautious after three-month-old baby killed in dog attack
The Cork coroner told the inquest that dogs can be unpredictable and can cause serious harm.
Last year
Inquest hears GSOC have compiled draft report on shooting of George Nkencho by Gardaí
GSOC said it was likely that the file would be forwarded to the DPP who will decide if criminal charges should be brought in relation to Mr Nkencho’s death.
Peggy Morrissey was driving to safety of son, Marty Morrissey when involved in fatal crash
Peggy Morrissey was driving to stay at a hotel during Storm Barra
Post-mortem results show Lisa Thompson was strangled and stabbed repeatedly in her home
The 52-year-old was found dead in her home in Ballymun on 10 May this year.
Inquest findings into death of Derry mother shot by soldier to be sent to prosecution service
Kathleen Thompson was killed by a bullet to the chest in her back garden in Derry in 1971.
Amateur pilot said plane was ‘dodgy’ prior to footballer Emiliano Sala’s fatal flight
Sala was joining then Premier League club Cardiff City in a £15 million transfer.
Parents asked to bring baby's body out back entrance of hospital, inquest told
Baby Kevin McNeill died at the National Maternity Hospital on 17 February 2019.
Hospital apologises as woman bled to death after 'urgent' scan not followed up on, inquest told
The UL Hospitals Group issued an unreserved apology to the family of Susan Doherty.
Newlywed killed in road crash was 'beautiful inside and out', inquest hears
Krista Rowan had married just weeks before the fatal incident.
Coroner approves PSNI attempt to withhold material from Noah Donohoe inquest
Justice Michael Humphreys said disclosing the information would create a real risk of harm to the public interest.
Defeat to Ireland was 'not acceptable,' says New Zealand Rugby chief
Meanwhile, Brodie Retallick has been ruled out for up to two months after Andrew Porter’s tackle on him.
Inquest hears how man believed that killing his landlord 'would rid the world of evil'
Saverio Bellante was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity seven years ago.
Derry mother was shot by soldier in ‘unjustified’ circumstances, says coroner
Kathleen Thompson, a 47-year-old housewife, was killed by a bullet to the chest in her back garden in Derry in 1971.
GSOC investigation into fatal shooting of George Nkencho by gardaí has 'made significant progress'
Nkencho was fatally wounded by members of the Garda Armed Support Unit outside his home in December 2020.