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'Grief is like waves, you never know when it's going to hit' - a mother's wait for justice for her sister and daughters killed in blaze

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Still grieving: Elizabeth Byrne with a photo of her daughters Kerrie Ann and Mary Ellen; inset, her sister Barbara. Photo: Mark Condren

Still grieving: Elizabeth Byrne with a photo of her daughters Kerrie Ann and Mary Ellen; inset, her sister Barbara. Photo: Mark Condren

Still grieving: Elizabeth Byrne with a photo of her daughters Kerrie Ann and Mary Ellen; inset, her sister Barbara. Photo: Mark Condren

In the early hours of September 20, 1987, a fire ripped through a small house in Church Lane in Kilcock, Co Kildare, in which Barbara Doyle (20) was babysitting her young nieces, Kerrie Ann (5) and Mary Ellen Byrne (8).

The children's mother Elizabeth, Barbara's sister, and her husband Aidan went to a 21st birthday nearby. When they returned at around 3am, they discovered the house in flames and neighbours trying frantically to get in.