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New garda file sent to DPP over Stardust tragedy

It follows a complaint by a researcher working with the Stardust Victims’ Committee.

Christine Keegan (left) and her daughter Antoinette Keegan, whose sisters Mary and Martina perished in the fire.
Christine Keegan (left) and her daughter Antoinette Keegan, whose sisters Mary and Martina perished in the fire.

GARDAÍ HAVE SENT a new file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over the 1981 Stardust fire that killed 48 people.

The move comes after researcher Geraldine Foy lodged a complaint with authorities regarding fresh evidence that some victims died before the fire was reported.

Foy, who has been working with the families of the deceased for the past decade, says that five of the young people killed on the night of the blaze were overcome by its fumes.

The DPP previously declined to bring a prosecution over alleged perjury at the original tribunal into the tragedy.

It followed claims by Stardust campaigners that information regarding 999 calls and the layout of the building contradicted evidence presented in the 1981 Keane Tribunal.

A spokesperson for the Garda Síochana confirmed today that a new file had been sent to the DPP but declined to comment on its contents.

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

Read: Stardust campaigners to hand new information to Minister over fatal fire

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