Relatives of Stardust victims bid to block pub reopening

A petition objecting to the reopening of a pub on the site were 48 young died in a fire was today handed to Dublin District Court.

A petition objecting to the reopening of a pub on the site were 48 young died in a fire was today handed to Dublin District Court.

The 2,000-plus signatures were handed over before an application to transfer ownership of the Silver Swan, on the site of of the Stardust nightclub blaze, was adjourned.

The interim transfer of names of Patrick Butterly and Sons Ltd to Jason Gamble was adjourned by Judge Mary Collins until April 5.

Stardust survivor Linda Hosey spoke out at the short hearing on behalf of the Stardust Victims Committee.

Accusing the Butterly family of trying to pull the wool over their eyes, she said her nightly protest at the site would continue.

“He has tried to reopen the Silver Swan and hasn’t,” she said.

“All he has succeeded in opening is very deep and very raw wounds in the community.”

She said the community was appalled that Eamonn Butterly had tried to reopen the pub on February 14, the 25th anniversary of the Stardust disaster.

She said the whole of Dublin was appalled, adding: “We’ve collected 2,000 signatures since Monday. There will be thousands and thousands of objections.”

Malachy Steenson, whose wife Mary lost her brother Francis Lawlor and her sister-in-law Maureen in the blaze appealed for more investigation to be carried out into Mr Gamble’s licensing experience.

He said more documents had to be looked at before the case was brought back to the court.

Gardaí made no objections to the application.

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