Dublin City Coroner's Court has been told that outstanding issues surrounding the provision of legal aid for the families of those killed in the Stardust fire have now been resolved, and the inquests into the fire can now move ahead.

48 people died and more than 200 were injured when a fire ripped through the Stardust nightclub in Artane in Dublin on the night of 14 February 1981.

Families have campaigned for inquests into the deaths to be resumed, but argued that the cost of legal representation at the hearings would preclude them from taking part.

Today, a pre-inquest hearing was told that the issues around funding have now been resolved.

Darragh Mackin of Phoenix Law, which represents the majority of the families involved in the inquest, said he was delighted the issue has finally been resolved, and while it was a regret that six months had been lost in the process, a line can now be drawn under the funding issue and the process can move forward.

While no date has yet been set for the full inquests to resume, Mr Mackin suggested a date in October be considered in order to allow for the large amounts of material to be examined.

Coroner Myra Cullinane said she was conscious there has been a long lead-in to the hearings and she wants the inquests to proceed as soon as is possible.


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