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New investigation into Stardust tragedy must be established - Gerry Adams TD

25 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, has said that thirty-six years on, the families of those who lost their lives in the Stardust tragedy have still not got the full truth about how their loved ones died.

He said Sinn Féin would be supporting a private members’ motion on the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into the matter, due before the Dáil this evening.

Teachta Adams said:

“This evening the Dáil will discuss a motion relating to the Stardust tragedy in Artane, Dublin on the night of the 14th February 1981. I commend Teachta Tommy Broughan for sponsoring this motion.

“48 people died and 214 people were injured on that fateful Valentines night. Some of the family members are in Leinster House today and I want to extend my continuing sympathy and solidarity to them and the survivors.

“Sinn Féin will be supporting the motion before the Dáil this evening.

“Thirty six years later, the families have still not got the full truth about how their loved ones died. There are also questions about the totally inadequate way in which the tragedy was investigated and dealt with by the institutions of this State.

“The original Keane inquiry into the Stardust fire claimed that it was caused by ‘probable arson’. That finding was overturned in 2009 as a result of the independent examination by Paul Coffey SC.

“This led to a correction of the public record which exonerated those present in the Stardust nightclub from any blame.

“The families of victims of the Stardust tragedy are seeking a new Commission of Investigation into this dreadful tragedy. They say they have new evidence.

“I’ve raised these issues with the Taoiseach before and he rejected calls for a new inquiry.

“So I want to ask the Taoiseach again if he will support the families in their search for justice and I want to know if he will establish a Commission of Investigation to look into this tragedy”.

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