Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (517)

Finian McGrath

Question:

517. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will respond to the seven issues raised on the Stardust fire tragedy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5169/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As I have previously indicated, nothing I have seen in the extensive correspondence from the Stardust Victims Committee to date, including the details supplied by the Deputy and the other correspondence circulated recently, would be grounds for my taking a different view to the conclusions set out in the Independent Examination by Mr. Paul Coffey. That is, in the absence of any identified evidence, the most another inquiry could achieve would be another set of hypothetical findings, which would not be in the public interest.

I accept, of course, that some of the victims and their relatives of this dreadful tragedy do not accept the conclusions of the Independent Examination, during which persons were free to make their case to Mr. Coffey, but I would be misleading the Deputy to suggest there are grounds for taking this matter further.