Stardust blaze dossier to be published

A report on whether a fresh inquiry should be opened into the Stardust disaster will be published today.

A report on whether a fresh inquiry should be opened into the Stardust disaster will be published today.

The Stardust Victims Committee, who have campaigned for a new probe into the cause of the nightclub blaze, will be presented with the findings of the independent report at Government Buildings.

Hundreds of revellers were injured and 48 young people died in the Valentine’s inferno which broke out in the Stardust nightclub in Artane, north Dublin, in 1981.

Grieving relatives for years rejected the findings of an inquiry at the time which recorded the cause as probable arson.

Last year campaigners won the fight to have independent figure, barrister Paul Coffey, review all evidence relating to the blaze – including a dossier of documents from fire experts which grieving families claimed proved the original finding was false.

Antoinette Keegan, who lost her sisters Martina and Mary in the blaze, said she was finally hopeful families would get answers almost 28 years after the inferno.

“We hope this is the final step in out fight for justice,” Ms Keegan said.

“But we just have to wait and see what’s in the report and what will happen then.”

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