Sunday 20 August 2017

'Dara wasn't a victim, she opened up my world' - brother of tragic activist Dara Quigley pays tribute at vigil

Dara Quigley tragically died by suicide last month
Dara Quigley tragically died by suicide last month

Kathy Armstrong

We shouldn't think of late journalist Dara Quigley as a victim, instead we should use the anger surrounding her death to change society for the better, her brother said today.

Ms Quigley (36) was arrested last month under the Mental Health Act and footage of her arrest was shared on WhatsApp and Facebook, it was then viewed more than 100,000 times.

Tragically the well-known activist died by suicide several days later.

An investigation into the incident has been launched by the Garda Ombudsman.

Speaking at a vigil at Leinster House today, Dara's younger brother Sean urged people not to remember her by the controversy but by the change she was trying to bring to society.

He told the crowd of about 200 people: "We want Dara to be remembered not for this thing that happened. I’m not going to talk about that, obviously there is an investigation going on.

Dara Quigley's brother Sean during a vigil for the late journalist
Dara Quigley's brother Sean during a vigil for the late journalist

"But Dara was not a victim. Dara was a strong and intelligent woman. She opened my world up, without her I don’t where I would have been.

"But she didn’t just do that with me. She led by example. She wasn’t afraid and she wasn’t a victim."

Sean continued to speak fondly about how committed Dara was.

He said: "In 2015 Dara decided she wanted to make a change in society. She wasn’t happy with a lot of the things that she saw, the way the most vulnerable in society were being treated particularly upset her.

"So she said ‘As a New Year’s resolution I’m going to be a writer and I’m going to make a change.'

"In January 2016 she was writing for the Dublin Inquirer. That’s the kind of Dara that I want to remember and that’s the kind of Dara that should be remembered."

Family & friends during a vigil for the late journalist and blogger Dara Quigley outside Leinster House
Family & friends during a vigil for the late journalist and blogger Dara Quigley outside Leinster House

Deputy Joan Collins, MEP Lynn Boylan, Dublin city councillor Gary Gannon and other friends and loved ones of Dara's braved the elements to pay tribute to her.

  • If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Pieta House  on 1800 247 247 or Samaritans on 116 123

Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan during a vigil for the late journalist and blogger Dara Quigley
Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan during a vigil for the late journalist and blogger Dara Quigley

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