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Summerland justice group welcomes Stardust verdict

The Summerland memorial garden

Irish inquest finds 48 people were unlawfully killed

A campaign group from the Isle of Man has welcomed a verdict of unlawful killing in an Irish court case this afternoon (18 April).

An inquest's found 48 people who died in a nightclub fire in Dublin more than 40 years ago were unlawfully killed.

The blaze - at Stardust in the early hours of Valentine's Day 1981 - was started by an electrical fault.

Emergency exits at the venue were locked.

In the court, family members jumped to their feet and clapped when the jury's verdict was announced.

In response Justice For Summerland said: "This is a huge moment for the families and friends of the 48 young people who died in the Stardust fire in Dublin in 1981.

"The verdict of unlawful killing today is a testament to their tenacity and determination to get truth and justice for their loved ones, despite many obstacles, including those put in their way by the state. 

"Their fight took over 40 years. They did not give up and neither shall we."


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