137. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will consider a new inquiry into the Stardust tragedy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19366/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Following a meeting with the Stardust Victims Committee last year, I appointed an official in my Department to liaise with the Committee and they have engaged with representatives of the Committee in relation to these matters.
A researcher associated with the Committee has submitted material relating to these events to my Department and a meeting was held with that Researcher, and another person associated with the Committee, on 23 April. The material previously submitted and the matters raised at that meeting are being examined. The Committee has been informed that they will be contacted when this examination is completed.
I wish also to inform the Deputy that allegations raised by the Stardust Relatives' and Victims Committee and their representatives in relation to certain matters are the subject of an ongoing investigation by An Garda Síochána. I am informed, by the Garda Commissioner, that this is a complex investigation and, you will understand, I cannot do anything that might cut across this investigation.