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nightclub tragedy New memorial for Stardust victims planned at Richmond Hospital site

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is proposing the memorial at its headquarters on North Brunswick Street in Dublin 7.

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The headquarters of the INMO at the former Richmond Hospital building in Dublin 7

The headquarters of the INMO at the former Richmond Hospital building in Dublin 7

The headquarters of the INMO at the former Richmond Hospital building in Dublin 7

A new memorial to victims of the Stardust fire is being planned at the site of the former Richmond Hospital in Smithfield.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is proposing the memorial at its headquarters on North Brunswick Street in Dublin 7.

The Sunday World has learned that plans are at an early stage.

However, it is understood that designs will be considered in consultation with the families' representative group.

Some of the victims of the nightclub tragedy, in which 48 young people died and more than 200 were injured, were brought to the Richmond Hospital in the early hours of St Valentine's Day on February 14, 1981.

Antoinette Keegan, chairperson of the Stardust Victims' Committee, said she was aware of the INMO proposal.

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Antoinette Keegan, who lost two sisters in the Stardust tragedy, welcomed plans for the memorial. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Antoinette Keegan, who lost two sisters in the Stardust tragedy, welcomed plans for the memorial. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Antoinette Keegan, who lost two sisters in the Stardust tragedy, welcomed plans for the memorial. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

"The Stardust was one of Ireland's biggest tragedies and the families would welcome any new memorial," Ms Keegan said.

Grants

She also revealed that ambitious plans for a €200,000 Stardust memorial square at the front of the former nightclub complex have been submitted to Dublin City Council.

She said while a portion of this funding was due to be provided by the new owner of the industrial park where the Stardust was located, the balance would be sought through local authority grants.

There are plaques dedicated to the memory of the Stardust victims in the grounds of Beaumont Hospital and at the entrance to Coláiste Dhulaigh in Coolock, where many of those who died went to school.

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Relatives of those who perished in the Stardust fire protested outside Government Buildings. Picture: Collins

Relatives of those who perished in the Stardust fire protested outside Government Buildings. Picture: Collins

Relatives of those who perished in the Stardust fire protested outside Government Buildings. Picture: Collins

In 1993, after years of campaigning by the victims' families, the Stardust Memorial Park was officially opened in Bonnybrook.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

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New inquests into the 1981 tragedy continue to be held up by an ongoing dispute with the Department of Justice over the provision of free legal aid.

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