Families of Whiddy oil tanker disaster call for justice for the 51

  • Families of Whiddy oil tanker disaster call for justice for the 51

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    A campaign group for the 51 people who died in the Whiddy oil tanker disaster revealed it will take High Court action unless the Government acts to introduce corporate manslaughter regulations and deliver justice for those who died 40 years ago.

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A campaign group for the 51 people who died in the Whiddy oil tanker disaster revealed it will take High Court action unless the Government acts to introduce corporate manslaughter regulations and deliver justice for those who died 40 years ago.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins were also urged to "stop their rhetoric" and deliver Hillsborough-style justice for the families of 51 people who died in the disaster, when the French-owned tanker Betelgeuse exploded while unloading its oil cargo on January 8, 1979.

Michael Kingston, who lost his father Tim in the oil tanker explosion and fire which engulfed the west Cork oil terminal jetty, said it was very hurtful to the victims' families to effectively be ignored in their battle for justice.

The Taoiseach and President did not attend a special 40th anniversary memorial in Bantry earlier this month.

Mr Kingston is calling for those responsible for the 51 deaths to be held to account.

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