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# stardust inquest

This 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.
Former Stardust doorman says attempts were made to 'scapegoat' him for doors being locked
Michael Kavanagh also told the inquests today that the practice of locking doors was a “horrible policy”.
Stardust inquest hears former doorman said victims couldn't escape because 'doors were chained'
Michael Kavanagh also admitted that he lied when he initially told gardaí that he had opened the doors of the nightclub.
First firefighter on scene of Stardust fire had 'never seen anything like it', inquest hears
The inquest heard that only one firefighter initially attended the scene.
Doorman admitted front door of Stardust was locked and key removed on night of fatal fire
The inquest into the 1981 fire at the Stardust complex in Artane resumed today following a summer break.
This year
Stardust doorman tells inquest he cannot say if doors were unlocked on the night of the fire
Leo Doyle said he had no idea who came up with the idea of draping chains over the club’s doors to give the impression that they were locked.
Stardust doorman rejects claim that he blamed patrons for not being able to exit nightclub
John Furley said there was “wholesale panic” inside the nightclub on the night of the fire.
Stardust inquest: Barman recalls his efforts to extinguish fire were futile
48 people died in a fire at the venue on the night of 14 February 1981.
Stardust barman gives evidence for the first time of helping to save a girl from the fire
Cormac Rose was 17 when he worked in the Silver Swan bar, which was attached to the Stardust ballroom.
Stardust witness says 'all sorts of tall tales' told about what happened on the night of the fire
Evidence was heard today from workers at the club.
Stardust inquest: Witness heard 'screaming' as main doors were closed to prevent re-entry
Linda Bishop was 18 on the night of the blaze, which killed 48 people in 1981.
Stardust inquest hears from waitress who was collecting glasses when ceiling began to 'collapse'
Pauline McConalogue, who was 17 at the time, said she’d never had a fire drill while working at the club and didn’t know where the fire exits were.
Stardust doorman tells inquest of putting chains around exit doors to 'trick teenagers'
Francis Kenny, who was 22 at the time, agreed with a barrister that a person would reasonably assume they needed to check another exit because one with a chain was locked.
Witness tells Stardust inquest he used his bike lamp to help find keys to open a locked door
Edward McNamee, who was working in the club on the night of the fire, said he saw flames “creep out along the wall like a mushroom”.
Witness tells Stardust inquest the outside door of club was locked when he went to leave
Lorcan Doody, who was 18 at the time, said there was one bouncer at the door and he said they would have to wait ‘until the man with the key came back’.
First witnesses give evidence on Stardust fire as inquests enter new phase
More than 300 people are expected to give evidence to the inquests.
'The dead cannot cry out for justice': State has failed families of Stardust victims, inquest hears
48 people lost their lives in the fire at the Stardust Ballroom on February 14, 1981.
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.
Family want to reclaim loved one from 'devastation' of the Stardust, inquest hears
48 people lost their lives in the fire at the Stardust Ballroom on February 14, 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.
Christy Moore reads pen portrait of Stardust victim on behalf of family at inquest hearing
The Stardust tragedy saw 48 young people killed and over 200 people injured.
Friend of Stardust victim tells inquest of seeing 'terrible things that nobody should ever see'
The Stardust tragedy saw 48 young people killed and over 200 people injured.
Stardust: One week in, here's what has happened in State's largest ever inquest
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Families of loved ones who died in the fire have spent the week reading pen portraits.
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.
Families of Stardust victims describe emotional toll of tragedy at inquest sitting
48 people died and over 200 were injured in the fire in 1981.
‘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.
Former Stardust owner fails in court claim to have unlawful killing verdict excluded at inquest
Former Stardust manager Eamon Butterly had launched proceedings seeking to have the verdict of unlawful killing ruled out as a potential option for jurors.
Coroner hopes to begin Stardust inquests before more victims' family members die
Fresh inquests for the 48 killed in the 1981 tragedy are hoped to commence in September.
Justice Minister to amend legislation to allow an independent jury selection for Stardust inquest
McEntee received approval from Cabinet to draft legislative amendments for the inquest today.
Sen. Lynn Boylan accuses government of 'cold-heartedness' with Stardust inquest venue change
‘The families are tired, upset and at the end of their tethers. They cannot take much more,’ said Boylan.
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.
Justice Minister to examine changes to jury selection process ahead of the Stardust inquest
Currently, jurors for inquests are selected byGardaí, which is a concern for the Stardust campaigners.
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.
Candlelit vigil for the 41st anniversary of the Stardust fire to take place tomorrow
The vigil will take place at 1pm, at the site of the former Stardust nightclub.
Stardust coroner to rule later this week on whether 'unlawful killing' verdict can be excluded
The tenth pre-inquest hearing was held this afternoon at the RDS.
Stardust inquest to move to the Rotunda Hospital after concerns over possible delay
The inquest will now be held in the Pillar Room in the Rotunda Hospital.
Stardust families hold protest outside Department of Justice over inquest venue issues
The lease on the current venue, the RDS, is set to expire in February, before any of the hearings have taken place.