‘Why were our children brought into a fire trap?’: Stardust families seek answers

Families of 48 people killed in nightclub fire 40 years ago have high hopes for new inquests

On the 40th anniversary of the Stardust nightclub fire, in which 48 people died and over 200 were badly injured, the families and friends of the victims gathered at the site of the former Artane nightclub to remember them. Video: Bryan O’Brien

A tribunal of inquiry; a victim compensation tribunal; two Oireachtas-appointed reviews; countless political promises – none has brought peace to the families of 48 young people killed in the Stardust nightclub inferno 40 years ago.

On the eve of a grim milestone, however, the families now dare to hope. Fresh inquests, ordered by former attorney general Séamus Woulfe in September 2019, are expected to open later this year.

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