Tuesday, 15 April 2003
Licensing of Indoor Events Bill 2001: Second Stage.
Cyprian Brady (Fianna Fail)
I welcome the Minister of State and I welcome the introduction of this Bill. My only regret is that it was not introduced earlier. As Senator Quinn said, it has taken a certain length of time for it to come before the Houses.
I have a personal interest in the Bill. I was working in the Stardust at the time it burned down, but I happened to be off that night. My wife was not working there, but I lost a number of school colleagues. I know people who still react when they smell smoke or hear any kind of commotion on a night out, even after all this time. That is the effect of a tragedy such as this.