The 30th anniversary of the Stardust disaster is not too far away so can we have a rational and dispassionate analysis of the disaster before the emotions run high again in the coming months. First of all let me say I am glad that the review of the evidence did overturn the original flawed conclusion that the fire was "probable arson". However I also believe the community around the nightclub was wrong to interpret the original report as a slur on the patrons and the community at large.
Lets examine the facts objectively:
1. The fire was started (a) accidentally; (b) by deliberate action or (c) by deliberate inaction.
2. The fire was started by (a) a patron; (b) a trespasser; (c) someone working on the premises or (d) a mechanical/electrical device.
From my reading of the report question 1 cannot be conclusively answeared and neither can question 2. As such it is my belief that we will never know the truth unless someone can come forward as a witness to the initiation of the fire (if such a witness exists which is a big if). As such i would oppose any new inquiry as the possibility of such a witness being found is overwhelmingly unlikely.
I also believe it is too easy to blame the nightclub owners as doing this seems to provide answears and some sort of closure and finality to the tragic events in the abscence of any other clear explanation of events.
Anyone who frequented the nightclub scene in those days could tell you a host of stories of shambolic health and safety especially in Dublin so a "Stardust" was bound to happen somewhere sooner or later. Also remember members of the owners family worked on the premises.
RT… News: 'No evidence' of arson in Stardust fire
(Link includes a link to a full pdf copy of the report)