Tuesday 21 November 2017

Report to recommend no new inquiry into Stardust fire

The families have been calling for a fresh probe into the tragedy

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
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

A REVIEW of the Stardust tragedy has found that a new inquiry into the blaze that killed 48 people is not warranted.

The report by retired judge Pat McCartan is due to be published this afternoon.

During his review he looked at evidence put forward by the families of the victims of the February 14, 1981 fire in the Stardust nightclub on Dublin's northside.

The families have been calling for a fresh probe into the tragedy.

However, the judge McCartan had found that no new inquiry is warranted.

His report was discussed at Cabinet today after Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan brought a memo on the matter to Cabinet.

Mr Flanagan thanked Judge McCartan for his work.

"The judge was nominated by the relatives as a person they trusted and I am grateful to him for his willingness to undertake this important public servic," he said.

Mr Flanagan added: “The Stardust Fire was undoubtedly one of the greatest tragedies in the history of this country and the Government considered it important to assess all available evidence, including any new material that may have come to light.

"Having carefully considered the two previous independent reports on the tragedy and considered all material made available to him, Judge McCartan concluded that no further new enquiry is warranted. 

The justice minister also said: “I want to acknowledge the terrible pain and loss of the relatives of the victims and the fact that the report does not come to the conclusion that they would have wished for.

"This report by Judge McCartan is the third independent assessment of the available evidence and, while I understand that the pain of the relatives is compounded by the failure to discover the cause of the fire, this report concludes that no new enquiry is warranted.” 

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