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"Insults towards the Stardust victims" submission delivered to Attorney General

The submission details all the “errors and omissions” of both the Keane Tribunal and the Coffey Review of the 1981 fire tragedy.

Stardust Cabaret Club Fire - Dublin The remains of the Stardust nightclub in the aftermath of the fire, 14 February 1981 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

A GROUP REPRESENTING relatives and friends of the victims of 1981’s Stardust fire disaster has submitted a list of ‘insults’ towards the 48 victims of the disaster.

The submission, entitled “Insults towards the Stardust 48 Fatal Victims” was handed in to the office of Attorney General Máire Whelan on Wednesday 21 September by independent TD and government minister Finian McGrath.

IMG_20160921_110316 Minister and independent TD Finian McGrath with the Stardust submission

48 people died and 214 were injured in the fire that engulfed the Stardust nightclub in Artane, north Dublin, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, 14 February 1981.

The Stardust Victims Committee submission claims to outline all the ‘errors and omissions’ made by both the 1981 Keane tribunal and 2009 Coffey review of evidence regarding the tragedy.

22/1/2014. Stardust Disasters Tragedies Christine Keegan (l), whose daughters Mary and Martina died in the fire, and her daughter Antoinette, pictured in January 2014 Source: Sam Boal

The committee is hoping that the coroner’s inquest into the Stardust deaths will be reopened so that “closure can be given for their loved ones”, it said in a statement.

Currently no verdict is recorded on the coroner’s certificate concerning those deaths.

A response is due back to the committee from the Attorney General in due course according to McGrath’s office.

Read: New garda file sent to DPP over Stardust tragedy

Read: State Papers 1985: Garret Fitzgerald’s government wasn’t too keen on helping Stardust victims

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