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Saturday 18 November 2017

Gaming plan for Stardust site vetoed

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to locate a private members club at the site of the Stardust disco tragedy has been rejected by An Bord Pleanala.

Patrick Butterly & Sons wanted to redevelop the Artane House Pub for a general gaming area, three private game rooms and a bar in place of the existing pub in the Butterly Business Park on Dublin's northside.

Antoinette Keegan, who lost her sisters, Mary (19) and Martina (16), in the 1981 blaze welcomed the decision.

"It would have been very insensitive to the memory of the 48 victims and their families," Ms Keegan told the Irish Independent.

When the existing pub opened in April 2006, families of the Stardust victims expressed outrage.

The blaze at the Stardust disco on February 13, 1981, claimed 48 young lives.

In its ruling, An Bord Pleanala said the proposed use of the site was neither a permissible use nor a use stated to be open for consideration as set out in the local development plan.

Irish Independent

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