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Adams supports call for new Commission of Investigation into Stardust tragedy

3 March, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has supported a call by families of Stardust fire victims for a new Commission of Investigation into the tragedy.

Mr Adams has also challenged the Minister for Justice as to why the Department for Justice changed the Coffey recommendation for an inquiry.

Speaking today, Gerry Adams said:

"I want to support the call by families of Stardust victims for a new Commission of Investigation headed by an International Judge and other international experts/academics on fire safety/fire forensics.

"The main basis for this is the Coffey report by the Senior Counsel tasked by the previous government with reviewing the Stardust affair and the Foy report commissioned by the families.

"Coffey's terms of reference were limited but one area that he was apparently to make a recommendation on was whether or not a new inquiry was needed.

"In his report, sent to government on 10th December, 2008, on page 70, Section 5.13, Coffey states "I further accept that a new inquiry is necessary if it is the only way of placing on the public record a finding that is based in evidence".

"This recommendation was edited out in the published report from January, 2009. It has been alleged that there were dozens of changes, some substantial to Coffey's report.

"It is important to note that the report submitted to the government on 10th December, 2008 was not presented as a first draft or an interim report. It was clearly his report with findings, conclusions and recommendations.

"The questions remains as to why was it edited by the Department of Justice? We need an answer from the present Minister for Justice."

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