Wednesday 21 February 2018

Government suffers double defeat in Dail but Stardust motion passed

The interior of the Stardust which went on fire in the early hours of St Valentines Day ,1981. Photo: Independent Newspapers
The interior of the Stardust which went on fire in the early hours of St Valentines Day ,1981. Photo: Independent Newspapers

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

The Government has suffered a double defeat in the Dáil.

Bills on the issues of fossil fuels and tracker mortgages - put forward by Independent TD Thomas Pringle and Sinn Féin deputy Pearse Doherty - were passed by a comfortable majority.

“As politicians, we have sent out a message of solidarity with the victims and marked the card of the banks that they need to sort out the mess they created,” Mr Doherty said afterwards.

But the Government’s counter motion on the issue of the Stardust tragedy was successfully passed.

The motion proposes to appoint a retired judge to lead a scoping exercise into new evidence relating to the fire in the Artane nightclub in 1981.

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