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Stardust campaigners to hand new information to Minister over fatal fire

They say that they have “waited 33 years and 10 months” for the submission.

Christine Keegan (left) and her daughter Antoinette Keegan, whose two sisters Mary and Martina perished in the fire.
Christine Keegan (left) and her daughter Antoinette Keegan, whose two sisters Mary and Martina perished in the fire.
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THE FAMILIES OF Stardust nightclub fire victims say they have waited 33 years and 10 months for a submission due to be handed to the Justice Minister next month.

The submission, by researcher Geraldine Foy, is to be given to Frances Fitzgerald by Wednesday 20 November,  but preliminary information will be given to the minister this week.

Foy said that its purpose is “to extensively explain why the Coffey review and the Keane report have to taken out of the public domain as they have nothing to with the Stardust Fire Disaster”.

The Coffey review and Keane report investigated the cause of the fatal fire, but some of the Stardust campaigners are unhappy with the reviews.

Foy disputes the finding of the Coffey review on page 67 that “the fire was not in the roof space at all”.

She said she has evidence that this is untrue.

“I am intending to give the Minister a two week time frame to give this preliminary submission to the Attorney general for a response. The families will be given exact details two weeks from Wednesday,” said Foy.

Members of the Stardust Victims Committee met with Minister Fitzgerald in July.

The committee wants a new investigation into the cause of the 1981 nightclub fire in which 48 people died and 214 were injured.

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