Sunday 21 January 2018

My heart goes out to them, says Ciara's dad

Greg Harkin

THE father of a 15-year-old girl who took her life six weeks ago after she was targeted by cyber bullies said he was devastated after learning of Erin Gallagher's death.

Ciara Pugsley died near her home in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, on September 19. And last night her father, Jonathan, hit out at politicians for "failing miserably" to do anything about online safety for children.

"I am devastated that a 13-year-old girl has taken her own life after being on," the 46-year-old said.

"My heart goes out to her family. I know exactly what they are going through. It is outrageous that this is happening to another young teenager. I'm devastated for that family and heartbroken again.

"Something has to be done about this website where people can go online and torment young people.

"Suicide is a taboo subject because of its very nature and we have to change that if we are going to do anything about it.

"Politicians are doing nothing. They must do something about safety for children online."

He said he "desperately" misses his daughter, adding: "I can be going along and it's the small things that remind me.

"I went to the freezer and saw ribs there. Ciara loved ribs and I only bought them for her and you start grieving again."

Irish Independent

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