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395. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will meet the Stardust Relatives and Victims Committee, in view of the fact that 14 February 2015 was the 34th anniversary of the tragic Stardust fire disaster, and in view of the serious unresolved matter they wish to discuss with her. [7690/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to inform the Deputy that I met with the Stardust Relatives' and Victims Committee in July of last year and this meeting provided an opportunity for me to hear their concerns at first hand. At that meeting the representatives of the Committee set out, in some detail, their concerns in relation to the Inquiries into this matter that have been undertaken previously and some related financial issues that have arisen.
Following that meeting, 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 in the past two weeks; this material is being examined and 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.