Stardust families and survivors have been failed by the State and the Justice system – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has said the State and the Justice system have totally failed the victims and survivors of the Stardust Fire of 1981, and has called for the establishment of a full Commission of Inquiry into the blaze which killed 48 people.
Speaking in the Dáil today in reaction to the McCartan Report, Deputy Mitchell said:
“This fire didn’t just change the lives for the people who were there; it had a ripple effect through the entire community. It tore families apart.
"For the past 36 years these families have had no justice. They have never got the full truth of what happened on St Valentine’s night 1981. They have been let down by the Justice system and by the State.
“One thing that stands out to me, from all the reports, is that the witnesses statements all seem to point to the fire being well established in the roof space from very early on.
“We had a situation where there was flammable materials piled high in the roof-space store room. Planning and fire regulations were broken all over the place.
"Emergency doors were padlocked and chained shut and yet not a single charge was ever brought against the Establishment or management of the club. That alone speaks volumes.”
Deputy Mitchell commended the campaign for truth and justice by the Stardust Relatives and Victims Committee, adding:
“The only way we will get to the bottom of this is for a new, full commission of inquiry. Anything else simply will not do.
“It has been 36 years. Nobody, absolutely nobody, should have to wait that long to get the truth about what happened to their loved ones.”
Please find attached Deputy Mitchell’s speech in full below.