Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Questions (218, 219, 220, 221, 222)

Micheál Martin

Question:

218. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department will make the various expert reports commissioned to assist the tribunal of Inquiry on the fire at the Stardust, Artane, Dublin 5 in 1981 publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13089/18]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

219. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department will make the expert report of a person (details supplied) submitted to the tribunal of Inquiry on the fire at the Stardust, Artane, Dublin 5 in 1981 publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13090/18]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

220. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department will make the expert report of a person (details supplied) submitted to assist the tribunal of Inquiry on the fire at the Stardust, Artane, Dublin 5 in 1981 publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13091/18]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

221. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department will make the expert report of a person (details supplied) submitted to assist the tribunal of Inquiry on the fire at the Stardust, Artane, Dublin 5 in 1981 publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13092/18]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

222. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department will make the expert report of a person (details supplied) submitted to assist the tribunal of inquiry into the fire at the Stardust, Artane, Dublin 5 in 1981 publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13093/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 218 to 222, inclusive, together.

My Department has recently provided a copy of the expert report from the firm "Cremer and Warner Ireland Ltd." to the Stardust Victims' Committee. The persons referred to in the "Details supplied" associated with the Deputy's Parliamentary Questions Nos. 219 and 221 were engaged by the firm concerned at the time of the "Tribunal of Inquiry on the Fire at the Stardust, Artane, Dublin" on 14 February 1981.

My Department does not possess a copy of the expert report of the person referred to in the "Details supplied" associated with the Deputy's Parliamentary Question No. 220. However, my Department is engaging with the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to ascertain if the report concerned is held by that Department.

The report specified by the Deputy in Parliamentary Question No. 222 was provided by the then State Pathologist at the request of the then Dublin Coroner in the context of the aforementioned Tribunal.  The question of making that report publicly available is in the process of being considered having regard to, inter alia, the sensitivities of survivors and the relatives of those killed in the tragedy and discussions are ongoing with the relevant offices.  A decision on the matter will be made as soon as possible and communicated to the Stardust Victims' Committee.