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# Stardust fire

Last month
September 2023
Local resident saw Stardust fire almost half an hour before alarm was raised, inquest hears
Noel Scully said at 1.15am he could see an “orange glow” coming from the direction of the club.
This year
Stardust floor manager thought fire was deliberately started so people could 'rob the bars'
Phelim Kinahan gave evidence remotely to the Dublin Coroner’s Court accompanied by a legal advisor.
Woman whose parents died in the Stardust 'grew up in the shadow of disaster', inquest hears
48 people lost their lives in the fire at the Stardust Ballroom on 14 February, 1981.
Toddler sat waiting for sister killed in Stardust fire to come home for months, inquest hears
The Stardust tragedy saw 48 young people killed and over 200 people injured.
Sister of Stardust victim left with fear 'like a physical sickness', inquest hears
The third day of the new inquest took place today in the Rotunda Hospital.
‘A living nightmare’: Stardust families recall night they lost their loved ones as inquests begin
The inquests’ jury heard pen portraits of Michael Barrett and Carol Bissett today.
'A very important morning': Fresh inquests into 1981 Stardust tragedy begin
The Stardust tragedy saw 48 young people killed and over 200 people injured.
Last year
Fresh inquests into Stardust nightclub tragedy won't start before April 2023
The announcement was made at a pre-inquest hearing this afternoon.
Judge wants Stardust inquest challenge heard as soon as possible
Eamon Butterly claims that the new inquest into the disaster could wrongfully make him a target for a verdict of unlawful killing.
Stardust manager seeks judicial review ahead of inquests into fire deaths of 48 people
Eamon Butterly had sought a ruling to preclude the possible verdict of unlawful killing.
Stardust campaigners call for jurors to be paid using portion of €8 million budget
The bill was brought forward by Sinn Féin senator Lynn Boylan and will be introduced in the Seanad tomorrow.
'Unlawful killing' will not be ruled out as a verdict at Stardust inquest, coroner says
Senior Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane made the announcement today.
Taoiseach unveils memorial to Stardust victims on 41st anniversary of the tragedy
The memorial was launched by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation today.
All time
Calls for urgent resolution to legal fees impasse for Stardust families
Campaigners said this morning that the Department Of Justice has reneged on its “past promises” to pay for work undertaken by their legal representatives.
Fresh inquests into Stardust tragedy may commence in the autumn after long wait for families
A problem with securing legal for the families of some of the Stardust victims has been resolved, a pre-inquest hearing was told today.
Families of Stardust victims to be given legal aid, paving the way for new inquests into disaster to begin
The inquests will examine the deaths of the 48 people who died in the Stardust fire in 1981.
Minister urged to take action on 'indefensible' delay preventing start of Stardust inquests
Solicitor Darragh Mackin and Sinn Féin Senator Lynn Boylan have written to Minister for Justice Helen McEntee on the issue.
'There's a further bump in the road. It's deeply regrettable': Stardust inquests hit with more delays
The latest pre-inquest hearing for the victims of the Stardust fire took place this afternoon.
Stardust fire: Legal aid funding issue is resolved, clearing path for inquests to get under way
A legal aid logjam for family members of victims meant that the inquests could have been significantly delayed.
Stardust: Government urged to solve legal aid logjam that is delaying start of inquests
Opposition parties have urged the Taoiseach and the government to prevent any further delay right after the 40th anniversary of the disaster.
Stardust 40th anniversary: 'I remember what I did after my brother's funeral. I went to another funeral'
In the early hours of Valentine’s day 40 years ago, there was a fire in the Stardust club in north Dublin.
40 years on, Stardust families hope for answers from largest scale inquests in modern Irish history
The coroner conducting the inquests has said she will not be “bound by any findings of [previous] inquests or any other investigation”.
There was 'State-sponsored effort to cover up' what happened at Stardust disaster, solicitor tells first inquest hearing
Families welcomed the beginning of this long-awaited process outside Dublin District Coroner’s Court today.
The first hearing ahead of the new inquest for the Stardust fire victims will take place this week
In 1981, 48 people died in a fire at a nightclub in north Dublin and families have long campaigned for fresh inquests into their deaths.
Fresh Stardust inquests confirmed to take place in Dublin Castle early next year
A dedicated website in relation to the new inquests has now been set up with the pre-inquest hearing due to commence in September.
'Our hero, our fighter': Stardust campaigner Christine Keegan - who lost two daughters in tragedy - has died
Christine’s tireless work alongside the families of other victims laid the foundations for the new inquests for the victims of the fire.'s Stardust wins gold at New York Festivals Radio awards
The longform six-part documentary podcast got the nod last night at the prestigious awards.
'Devastating and important': Behind the scenes at the Stardust podcast as the fight for justice continued
Over the course of six months, produced the Stardust podcast. Here’s how.
'We were the first emergency responders there ... it was chaos': A firefighter on rushing to the scene of Stardust fire
Dave Fitzgerald was among the first responders who were quick to the scene of the Stardust in the early hours of 14 February 1981.
'They just want it to go away but it won't': Sixth and final episode of Stardust out now
The sixth and final episode of Stardust is available now.
'All we were doing was going to funerals. All the Northside': Stardust episode four out now
The fourth episode of Stardust looks at the days and weeks immediately after the horrific tragedy.
'And then everything just went black': Episode three of Stardust out now
The events of the fire itself and the efforts from emergency services who rushed to the scene are described in episode three.
'There was a big build up to it for weeks': Episode two of Stardust out now
The second episode of Stardust delves into the stories of those who went there that night and the history of the building in Artane.
Introducing Stardust: A new podcast from is launching a major six-part series on the 1981 Stardust fire.
Stardust: 'These families were spectators but today they enter the ring in their own fight for justice'
At an emotional press conference today, families of the Stardust fire victims reacted to the new inquests for their loved ones.
'Do the right thing. Finally lift the lid on this': Stardust activists urge end to delay on inquest decision
Families of the victims have urged the Attorney General to grant new inquests, but that decision has been delayed a number of times.
'We need closure on this': Stardust families call for memorial on site of fire which is now up for sale
Families of victims of the fire today called for local election candidates to back their calls for a memorial at the site.
Stardust campaigners invoke Hillsborough and Grenfell probes in outlining 'compelling' case for new inquests
The government has ruled out new inquiries into the fire, but the Stardust Victims Committee have renewed their calls in recent weeks.
Stardust fire campaigners move forward in 'strongest' attempt to hold new inquest
New documents have been submitted to the Attorney General.
Stardust families are to meet gardaí tomorrow as their fight for a fresh inquiry continues
A garda investigation was recently launched into both 1981 tribunal and subsequent review.