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Stardust campaigners are refusing to leave Government Buildings

They are looking for a submission on the nightclub disaster from the Taoiseach.

Antoinette Keegan, whose sisters Mary and Martina died in the Stardust disaster.
Antoinette Keegan, whose sisters Mary and Martina died in the Stardust disaster.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

TWO CAMPAIGNERS SEEKING a new inquiry into the Stardust nightclub disaster are in Government Buildings in Dublin and say they are refusing to leave.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Antoinette Keegan – who lost her two sisters in the fire – said she and Eugene Kelly first went to the Department of Justice, where they were not able to gain access.

They then went to Government Buildings and have told staff they will not leave until they receive a submission from the Taoiseach Enda Kenny that contradicts their own submission on the nightclub blaze, or get to speak to Kenny themselves.

They are now situated in the glass reception building at the Merrion St entrance.

“We are staying here,” said Keegan. “I’m not leaving.”

Justice Minister Alan Shatter recently said that there is not enough evidence to warrant a new inquiry into the fire.

However, Stardust campaigners say they have evidence of what they believe is the cause of the fire on 14 February 1981.

The 2009 Coffey report into the tragedy, which claimed 48 lives, is still backed by the government, despite being disputed by the Victims Committee.

Keegan said today that she and her fellow campaigners will not submit any new evidence to the government as they “want to see what they have that contradicts our new evidence” before they give them any more information.

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