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Stardust families deserve truth and justice - Mary Lou McDonald

14 February, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald, on the 33rd anniversary of the Stardust disaster, has said that the survivors and bereaved of St. Valentine's Day 1981 have still not got truth and justice. She urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to accede to the request to meet the families and said:

"On the 33rd anniversary of the Stardust fire in Artane we extend our continuing sympathy and solidarity to the survivors of the tragedy and to the bereaved families of the 48 young people who died.

"After all these years the families have still not got full truth about why their loved ones died and about the totally inadequate way in which the tragedy was investigated and dealt with by the institutions of this State.

"The strong evidence that the fire began in the roof space and other evidence pointing to the culpability of the owners of the complex have never been given proper weight by the State.

"The Taoiseach Enda Kenny should immediately accede to the request of the Stardust families for him to meet with them. A new independent investigation should be established and this investigation should include a thorough examination of the inadequate way in which State agencies dealt with this tragedy."

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