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4.0 out of 5 stars An ongoing campaign for justice, 31 Mar 2006
This review is from: They Never Came Home: The Stardust Story (Paperback)
The Stardust Fire of 1981 was the most horrific fire disaster in Dublin's history. 48 young lives were lost that awful night and yet, 25 years on, justice is still being sought by those left behind. This book asks many searching questions. Most of which still have not been answered. This is a well-written factual book authored by two of Dublin's finest reporters. A compelling must-read for those who follow true-life events.
This book is a fitting tribute to those who died and a damning indictment of the Irish Government who have yet to close the book on this horrific chapter. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Travesty that became the Stardust tragedy, 22 Dec 2010
This review is from: They Never Came Home: The Stardust Story (Paperback)
This book highlights in great detail the travesty that became of the stardust tragedy. It is a testimony of how we (the Irish people) and the Irish goverment at the time and successive Irish governments since have let these people down. The failure of the authorities to close this (clearly) inadequate and unsafe building down before the tragedy is a mystery on par with the fact the Titanic was let sail without enough life boats to rescue all it's patrons. With overwhelming evidence of the reckless practice of locking the fire exits and hindering them with beer crates - iron bars and steel sheets on the windows of the toilets. The known issues with electrical wiring in the building and flamable floor carpet tiles on the walls all in breach of statutory law at the time. It is astounding that the owners were not prosecuted by the DPP at the time with corporate manslaughter. Made all the more staggering how the judge in the ill timed and much disputed tribunal could come to the conclusion of 'probable arson' without concrete evidence ( a decision that would eventually be reversed 28 years later). This damming decision would have untold consequences for the victims and survivors faimilies.
The book makes clear, they never stood a proper chance in the smoke and flames that engulfed the victims and survivors but that also in it's aftermath going up against the government, Dublin city corporation and the toothless fire department. They would evetually become political pawns in a blame game passed between various entities still buried in a political mire to this day. All emphatic in their denial and failure to take responsibility and ownership for this disaster.
The book also higlights the possible corrupt and direct political interference with the tragedy that prevented any real justice for the families of the lost and mamed. There would have been better jury vetting in a criminal court case than there was of those placed to oversee 'justice' who had not been in some way either politically or in a business way connected to the owners of the fatal building. Irregularities in licences for selling alcohol and in fact selling alcohol to minors fuels this fact. It is a very powerful book in exposing the failures of all concenred leading up to the tragedy and in it's wake. It also brings to life some of the characters lost in the terrible tragedy. Ten years past it's first production date it stands as a remarkable record of the facts and shows that little has changed in this country of ours we like to think of the land of scholars and saints. One chapter written but not included in the book means the struggle still goes on for the stardust committee for justice. The failure of the government to act in a positive way post reversal of the original tribunal decision in 2008 shows that almost 30 years on this issue is too hot to handle for any Irish government. When all they really have to do now is apologize for their predecessors misgiving and do the right thing in reopening a criminal investigation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Danced to death, 19 Sep 2013
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Good read - ties in with what I received during my training. Short term thinking, uncontrolled numbers, poor materials etc - the list of human error goes on. Would you face the same risks today - I'm afraid to say somewhere in the world you certainly would. Not in UK or Ireland you would hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and weep, 8 April 2013
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A tremendous book. Totally lifts the lid on how shabby government and regulation turned a disaster into the torture of the victims.
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They Never Came Home: The Stardust Story by Tony McCullagh (Paperback - 27 Jan 2006)
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