Stardust Campaign shows public want to see a fresh inquest into tragedy – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has said that the opening of a fresh inquest into the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire is the only way to ensure families and loved ones of the forty-eight young people who died that night will get closure.
Speaking after attending a Stardust Relatives and Victims Committee event in which 48,000 postcards signed by members of the public and calling for a fresh inquest were handed into the Office of the Attorney General, Deputy Mitchell said:
“I first of all want to commend the Victims Committee, the families and loved ones of those who died that night and all those who helped with this campaign. The large turnout today and the sheer number of signatures handed into the Office of the Attorney General sends a very clear message that the public want to know the truth about what happened at the Stardust Nightclub on Valentine's Night 1981.
“The fact remains that 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. In recent years new evidence and witness testimony has come to light as to what happened on that awful night and that evidence must be examined.
“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. The Hillsborough disaster is just one example.
“The Stardust families have waited far too long for truth and justice. It is time to do the right thing and for a fresh inquest into this awful tragedy to begin.”