Peter Casey accused of 'exploiting' Stardust families' Truth campaign

Peter Casey has been blasted by relatives of the Stardust victims saying they never wanted him to be a spokesperson for their campaign.

The presidential candidate claimed that he had been asked by the families to speak on their behalf after a meeting in the Hilton Hotel a number of weeks ago.

In a statement today, the group have completely refuted the claim and said he'd no longer be welcome at a walk next month.

13/09/2018 Presidential Candidate Peter Casey during presidential candidate submissions to Dublin County Council at City Hall Dublin (Image: Gareth Chaney Collins)

They said: "During the presidential campaign the Stardust relatives of the victims of the Stardust fire contacted all presidential candidates seeking their support for the Truth campaign.

"The Truth Campaign is calling for the inquest into the Stardust fire to be reopened and over the summer we have collected 48,000 signatures supporting that call.

"At no time did we ask that Peter Casey act as a spokesperson for our campaign. We as individual family members of the 48 victims have been our own spokesperson for the last 37 years and we will continue to do so until we receive justice for our loved ones."

The group have now extended an invite to the traveller families affected by the tragic Carrckmines fire which claimed the lives of five kids and five adults, one of who was pregnant.

Justice for Stardust campaigners Christine Keegan, Antoinette Keegan, Bridget McDermott, Eugene Kelly and Louise McDermott at the Pavilions today (Image: Collins)

They continued: "We also find his [Casey's] way to comments on travellers deeply offensive and given that the traveller community have had their own tragedy at Carrickmines.

"It is in solidarity with those families we would ask Peter Casey not to attend on November 20th.

Stardust nightclub (Image: Collins Dublin)

"We would like to invite the families of the Carrickmines Disaster to walk with us and we extend this to all their friends and family members."

The walk will run from Westland Row to Merrion Street with Chrisy Moore among those who'll be there in support.

The Truth campaign is calling on government to reopen the inquest into what happened on the night that the fire claimed 48 lives.
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