Families of Stardust victims call on Frances Fitzgerald to resign

The group have withdrawn from government talks

Families of Stardust victims call on Frances Fitzgerald to resign

(L-R) Solicitor Mr. Paul O'Sullivan, Antoinette Keegan who lost her two sisters Mary and Martina in the Stardust fire in 1981 and Richard Boyd Barrett TD speaking about the legality of the recent letter received Monday 5th of December from Tanaiste and current Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and signed off by her. Image: RollingNews.ie

The Stardust Victims’ Committee announced they are  withdrawing from the talks process with the Department of Justice and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The group cited their frustration and anger of Government ministers and officials repeated refusal of their requests for a new inquiry into the tragedy.

At a press conference, survivor and sister of two victims Antoinette Keegan said: "The current Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, made a promise to the families in 2011 that a new commission of inquiry would be established if Fine Gael were successful in the elections and entered in government.

The Stardust fire took place in 1981 at a nightclub in Artane, Dublin. Some 841 people had attended a disco there, of whom 48 died and 214 were injured as a result of the fire.

"Well we have had more than five years of Fine Gael-led governments and yet we are left waiting for him to fulfil that promise he made to us back then. It’s a disgrace that we have been treated this way.”

"We have presented his ministers and their officials with the new evidence time and again over the last number of years and yet they consistently refuse to recognise our case for a commission. We are getting nowhere with this government and that is why we are announcing our intention of withdrawing from their talks process.

"What’s the point when Frances Fitzgerald won’t listen, when Enda Kenny won’t listen?"