Stardust Inquests Finally Get...


Stardust Inquests Finally Get Underway This Morning

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Relatives of the Stardust victims are expecting a very difficult and emotional day, as the Inquests finally start this morning.

48 people were killed in the nightclub disaster in Artane on Valentine's Day in 1981.

The families will read pen-portraits describing their loved ones who died. It is due to be done alphabetically and it's expected this will take three weeks. Evidence will then begin to be heard.

It has taken the families of those that died over 42 years to secure an inquest into the tragedy after numerous calls were rejected by the State.

Dr Myra Cullinane will hear the inquest which is likely to be the biggest in the history of the State. It will take place in the Pillar Room on the grounds of the Rotunda Hospital campus.

Survivor Antoinette Keegan lost her two sisters, Mary and Martina, in the blaze. She said: ''It is overwhelming and it is emotional and it's going to be upsetting. But we have fought so hard for this and today is going to be our day.''

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