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Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Darren Hughes Gibson
Darren Hughes Gibson

It was a story that struck fear into every parent's heart – and it's not a solitary case. When 17-year-old Darren Hughes Gibson took his own life in Balbriggan in August 2012, his family's pain was made even worse when they discovered a series of abusive and bullying messages on his Facebook page, which they believe contributed to his suicide.

To lose a child, in any circumstance, must be unimaginable and to then discover that a bunch of nameless, faceless cowards were responsible must only add to that torment.

And now the young man's mother, Elaine Hughes, has launched a campaign to force Facebook to release the names of those responsible to the gardai, for further investigation.

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