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This year
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.
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'A very important morning': Fresh inquests into 1981 Stardust tragedy begin
The Stardust tragedy saw 48 young people killed and over 200 people injured.
Fresh inquests into Stardust nightclub tragedy due to begin on 19 April
The jury for the inquests will be empanelled on 17 April.
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.
Stardust inquests to have independent jury following passing of legislation in the Dáil
Jurors are currently selected for inquests by Gardaí, but campaigners had raised concerns about this due to the force’s involvement in the inquest.
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.
Stardust inquest could begin as soon as September, pending outstanding judicial review
Dr Myra Cullinane said that one of the main barriers to the inquests beginning was a judicial review filed in February.
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.
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.
Taoiseach promises action on Stardust fire inquest demand
A new Bill is being brought forward in the Seanad to ensure that the inquest is held before a jury.
Taoiseach unveils memorial to Stardust victims on 41st anniversary of the tragedy
The memorial was launched by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation 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 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.
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Stardust funding row to be resolved in coming days
A pre-inquest hearing was told that, while the issue is not entirely finalised, an agreement is expected soon.
Majority of victims’ families could be excluded from Stardust inquest, TD warns
Labour’s Aodhan Ó Ríordáin cited a row over promised free legal aid.
Inquest into Stardust tragedy will attempt to ‘allay rumours and suspicion’
A fresh inquest is being held into the 1981 disaster.
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.
Families remember loved ones lost to Stardust fire on 40th anniversary
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fire at the Stardust nightclub in Dublin where 48 young people died.
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”.'s Stardust wins prestigious Mary Raftery Prize
This is the third major award the six-part podcast series has won.
Change of venue as RDS to play host to Stardust inquests instead of Dublin Castle
At a pre-inquest hearing today, coroner Dr Myra Cullinane explained how evidence would be heard in three modules.
Two Journal Media projects shortlisted for Mary Raftery journalism prize
The Stardust podcast and the investigative series ‘A bridge too far’ are included on this year’s list.
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.
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We will be bringing you the latest from the inquests as they happen, in a sensitive manner and a careful eye for detail.
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.
'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 best Radio Documentary at Celtic Media Festival
Our six-part documentary podcast picked up a Torc Award in a virtual ceremony this evening.
Need a new podcast to delve into? Give's award-winning Stardust a listen
The podcast won gold at the New York Festivals Radio Awards earlier this week.'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.'s Stardust podcast nominated for two prestigious awards
The six-part podcast has been nominated in the Celtic Media Festival and New York Radio Festival awards.