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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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Stardust families call on Secretary General to resign

The families also are aggrieved with the Tánaiste over a meeting they had with him.
May 13th 2014, 7:20 AM 6,496 12

FAMILIES OF STARDUST victims are calling on the Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, to resign.

Antoinette Keegan of the Stardust class action group told TheJournal.ie they were making the call because of letters Purcell signed off on that related to whether the cause of the fire could be investigated.

Keegan said the letters, written by a civil servant, state that the Paul Coffey report cannot find the cause of the Stardust blaze. Coffey was tasked by the government to write the report into the blaze.

However, Keegan said that Coffey was not allowed to go into cause of the fire when he wrote his report on Stardust, as per the terms of reference.

The group have been in touch with the Department of Justice looking to meet with the new Minister, Frances Fitzgerald.

They are to hold a press conference on the issue before the elections are held on 23 May.

At the press conference, they will release a letter which they say was written to them by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, where he states he cannot “do anything” about the Stardust fire because there are two investigations into the situation ongoing.

The families are aggrieved because they met Gilmore on 18 February on the issue, and claim he knew about the investigations then. Because of this, they want to ask Gilmore “why did he meet us?” said Keegan.

They are now calling for a meeting with Enda Kenny and Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The committee has set up a fundraising campaign to try and raise the €192k used to pay the experts that helped them during the Coffey review. The account is: Stardust Victims Committee, Ulster Bank, Coolock. Account number: 74371027, sort code 985015

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