Passing of Stardust inquiry motion welcomed - Cllr Rob Russell
Sinn Féin Cllr Robert Russell today welcomed the unanimous passing of a motion calling for a new inquest into the deaths of 48 young people who died in the horrific Stardust fire on Valentines Night, 1981.
South Dublin councilors united in support of the families who have been campaigning for justice and truth for the last 37 years.
Cllr Russell said:
“I am delighted to have had a motion passed at today’s meeting of South Dublin County Council which I brought forward to coincide with the justice for Stardust postcard campaign currently taking place.
My motion called on the council to support the families of the Stardust nightclub tragedy when 48 young people lost their lives on Valentines night 1981 in their calls for the attorney general to exercise his right under section 24 of the coroners act 1962 to grant a fresh inquest into what happened on that fatal night.”
"The families of those who were killed and injured have fought every day since the 14th of February 1981 to get truth and justice for their loved ones. They have been given the run around for almost 38 years having first been told that the probable cause of the fire was arson, this has always been rejected by them and those who were there on the night.
"In 2008 a review was conducted and on the 3rd of February 2009 it reported that the cause of the fire could not be identified absolving any of the Stardust patrons of arson and to this day the cause of the fire has never been officially established.
"Today the lawyers for the families believe there is enough evidence to warrant a new inquest to legally examine this and other evidence not considered at the original inquest where key experts were not interviewed including fire experts, forensic pathologists, building experts and key witnesses.
“It is believed that many planning, and fire regulations were broken, and it is well known that the emergency exits were chained.
"These families deserve answers and I hope the Attorney General does the right thing so that they can get the truth and justice once and for all.”