Mitchell backs Stardust family’s call for fresh inquest into tragedy
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has backed a call from the Stardust Relatives and Victims Committee for a fresh inquest into the fire which killed 48 people at an Artane nightclub on Valentine’s night 1981.
Attending a press conference at Buswell’s Hotel on Friday morning alongside the Victims Committee, their legal representatives, and Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan, Deputy Mitchell said:
“I am here to show my support for the call by the relatives and friends of those who died on that awful night for a fresh inquest into the fire. For the past 37 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.
“Today, the families and their legal team have announced that they have written to the Attorney General urgently requesting an Inquest into the deaths be convened.
“The original 1982 inquest was deeply flawed. Since then there has been an Inquiry and two reviews which have called into question the account and version of events on the night in question.
“We have seen from the North of Ireland and from Britain how fresh inquests can assist in bringing closure and justice to families who have painstakingly waited a very long time for the truth. One example is that of the Hillsborough disaster.
“The Stardust families deserve truth and justice. It is time for this Government to do the right thing and order an inquest into this awful tragedy.”