Thursday 18 January 2018

'It was only ever about the money'

Eugene Kelly and Antoinette Keegan outside the Stardust Memorial
Eugene Kelly and Antoinette Keegan outside the Stardust Memorial

FAMILIES of the Stardust victims have reacted to the release of state papers on the tragedy saying they are not surprised the government seemed more concerned about litigation in the aftermath of the tragedy than implementing fire safety recommendations.

"It doesn't surprise me at all. The government has spent more money leading these families on a merry dance," said Carole Barrett (48), whose brother Michael died in the 1981 nightclub tragedy.

Eugene Kelly (55), whose brother Robert died in the disaster, said: "Nothing surprises me. Why was it down to the families to get justice for these kids?"

Antoinette Keegan, who lost her two sisters in the blaze and who spent two weeks on life-support battling her own injuries, said the families will be producing "new evidence" about the tragedy and subsequent inquiry early next year.

Campaigners want a state apology for the disaster.

Irish Independent

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