Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Ceisteanna (138)

Denise Mitchell

Ceist:

138. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if adequate resources will be provided to expedite the inquest process as much as possible in view of the length of time families have campaigned further to the recent announcement of a fresh coroner’s inquest into a tragedy (details supplied). [40014/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I sympathise enormously with the families of the 48 young people tragically killed in the Stardust fire 38 years ago for the terrible loss they suffered. The fire was one of the most harrowing events that has ever happened in Dublin and it has left a horrendous legacy of grief and pain.

In April, the Victims Committee presented a formal petition to the Attorney General to direct a second inquest into the deaths of those who died in the Stardust fire. The Attorney General confirmed on 25 September that he will direct the Dublin District Coroner to hold a second inquest in the public interest and in the interests of justice. Once a formal direction is received from the Attorney General, the Dublin Coroner will begin preparations for the carrying out of the inquests.

My Department is fully committed to ensuring that necessary resources are available to the Coroner.