Tuesday 16 January 2018

We don't need second inquiry, says orphan of Stardust blaze

Lisa with her son Lennon (1) and a picture of her parents Maureen and Francis (Damien Eagers)
Lisa with her son Lennon (1) and a picture of her parents Maureen and Francis (Damien Eagers)
The scene after the blaze (INM)

A woman who was orphaned by the Stardust fire in 1981 has called for an end to the campaign for another inquiry into the tragedy.

Lisa Lawlor (36) was just 17 months old when her parents Maureen and Francis lost their lives in the tragic fire - both aged just 24.

The mum-of-three said that she will always be heartbroken about the untimely loss of her parents, but she would rather see the anniversary of their deaths marked by a celebration of those who lost their lives.


"We should be celebrating these people instead of this constant fighting," she told the Herald.

"I think at this stage they should be allowed rest in peace. From this year on we should celebrate the 48 lovely souls who were taken," she said.

She wears her father's wedding ring every day and said that she grew up hearing stories about her mum and dad.

Some relatives of those who passed away in the fire in the nightclub in 1981 in the early hours of Valentine's Day want to see a second inquiry.

However, Ms Lawlor said: "I do understand people going out trying to get answers if that's what they want to do.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's over. If I thought all of the fighting would get me somewhere or that my parents would be brought back, then of course I would [campaign]."

She believes that the State cannot be held responsible for what occurred and that the fire has resulted in better safety standards for everyone.

"My children and I are safer in this world because of what happened.

"They didn't die in vain. It was just a tragic accident," she said.

Ms Lawlor, who now lives in Drumcondra, was raised be her paternal grandparents following the fire.

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