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Can you help the Stardust families?

Monday, 7th October, 2019 8:00am
Can you help the Stardust families?

Christine Keegan holds the teddy bear which was bought for her late daughter, Mary, in 1961. PHOTO: Kevin Newcomen

Can you help the Stardust families?

Christine Keegan holds the teddy bear which was bought for her late daughter, Mary, in 1961. PHOTO: Kevin Newcomen

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THE Stardust Victims’ Committee has issued an appeal for witnesses ahead of a new inquest into the deaths of 48 young people in the 1981 nightclub fire.

Stardust campaigners have praised the decision by the Attorney General, Seamus Woulfe, to recommend a fresh inquest into the Artane fire. The latest development in the families’ fight for justice was broadly welcomed across the political spectrum when it was announced late last month.

In an interview with Northside People, Antoinette Keegan, spokesperson for the Stardust Victims’ Committee, paid tribute to local communities for all their support over the past 38 years.

“We have had our hopes raised and dashed on so many occasions that it was hard to believe the latest news,” she said. “No one was ever held to account for the deaths of our loved ones so we are hopeful that a new inquest will help get to the truth of  the Stardust tragedy, which has been a national scandal for decades."

Antoinette, who lost two sisters in the fire and was herself seriously injured, has appealed for witnesses to contact them in advance of the inquest.

“We are looking to talk to anyone who may have been there on the night and has never come forward before, or even people who might have been in the Stardust in the weeks or months leading up to the fire,” she added. “Even if they think their information is insignificant or trivial, it could be crucial in piecing together what happened that night.”

An information meeting for families that lost loved ones in the Stardust will be held in Parnell's GAA Club on Thursday, October 17, at 6.30pm. A full legal briefing on the next stage of the inquest process will be given.

• You can contact the Stardust Victims’ Committee by messaging their Facebook page (Justice for the Stardust 48).

Christine Keegan holds the teddy bear which was  bought for her late daughter, Mary, in 1961. Two of her children, Mary and Martina, died in the Stardust fire, while a third daughter, Antoinette, was seriously injured. In her right hand she is holding the lace mantilla she was wearing  on the day of

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