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Stardust Inquest Likely To Be Postponed Over Legal Fees Argument

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04:47 16 Sep 2021


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An inquest into the Stardust fire will likely be postponed due to arguments over legal fees.

The inquest should take place next month, but families of the victims say they are yet to receive any legal aid promised to them by the Government.

The long-awaited inquest into the 1981 fire in the Stardust nightclub is set to be postponed due to rows over legal fees.

48 people died and more than 200 were injured in the tragic fire in Artane, forty years ago.

Families of 47 of these victims have instructed their lawyers to postpone the inquest, due to begin in October, until they receive the legal aid payment promised by Government.

Survivor Antoinette Keegan says victims and their families have had enough:

"This is the way they've treated us for 40 years, four decades now."

"They're not doing any more."

"We're sick of being systematically abused by the Dept. of Justice and the Government."

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A spokesperson for the Justice Minister said:

"The Government is committed to ensuring that the Stardust inquests and the families involved are provided with all relevant supports."

"Government funding of up to €8m has been allocated for the new inquests, including legal aid for the families and the fit-out of a bespoke courtroom in the RDS."

"The Legal Aid Board is engaging with the families’ legal representatives to agree an appropriate funding schedule."

"The Department supports this approach. The public facing elements of the inquest are expected to commence once the preliminary hearings conclude."

"The Senior Dublin Coroner has scheduled a sixth pre-inquest hearing to take place on 13 October."

However the above has been described as a 'non response' from a person close to the victim's families.

It's unlikely the inquest will be able to go ahead in October without the involvement of these 47 families.


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