Saturday 21 April 2018

Stardust therapy offer 'an insult'

Louise Hogan

A SURVIVOR of the Stardust blaze has branded as "insensitive" and "insulting" a government offer of counselling just days before families marked the 29th anniversary.

Relatives held a weekend candlelight vigil at the site of the 1981 St Valentine's Day fire which claimed the lives of 48 young people in the Stardust nightclub in north Dublin.

Spokeswoman for the Stardust Victims' Committee Antoinette Keegan said the offer of counselling 29 years after the blaze was "too little, too late".

Last year a report by Paul Coffey SC found survivors and relatives should be offered counselling at the expense of the State, which they did not receive at the time.

Last week, Ms Keegan received a letter from the Department of Justice stating arrangements for counselling had been put in place. "I'm outraged by it," Ms Keegan said. "It is an insult -- and the week that it came, just a couple of days before the anniversary."

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