533. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the new information regarding the Stardust fire tragedy (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20829/15]
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.
The specific material referenced by the Deputy was forwarded directly to my Department on 19 May and is also being examined. I wish to inform the Deputy that, in correspondence with my Department, the Stardust Victims Committee have indicated that they wish the examination currently underway to be limited in scope to materials previously provided and do not wish for the material referenced by the Deputy to be examined in that context.
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.