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Local girls in fear after Erin suicide as new slurs are posted online

GARDAI are concerned for the safety of two children over the death of tragic bullied schoolgirl Erin Gallagher. Two girls, close in age to Erin (13), were accompanied by their parents as they presented themselves for interview to gardai.

It’s understood the development came after accusations were made about them online along with a number of vile comments.

“There is a real concern for their safety,” said one source today. “At the end of the day all those involved in this tragic incident are very young people, they are children. “The facts of the case will be required for an inquest but there is also a welfare aspect to this.”

It’s understood gardai, social workers and the girls’ parents are concerned for their safety. But it is unlikely that anyone will ever be charged over Erin’s bullying hell. The informal interviews with both girls came just hours before tragic Erin was laid to rest amid heartbreaking scenes.

Hundreds of people packed into St Mary's Church in Stranorlar, Co Donegal, this morning to say goodbye to the schoolgirl.


Local curate Father Joe Duffy told mourners of the “extremely tragic circumstances” of her death.

Pupils from Finn Valley College, where Erin was in second year, lined the streets outside the chapel – a mile from where Erin took her own life on Saturday.

Her tearful mother Lorraine, sister Shannon (15) and her little brother, four-year-old Sean James, followed the coffin into the chapel. Erin was laid to rest in Castelfin cemetery following the Mass.

Lorraine said gardai took her daughter’s mobile phone as part of the investigation. She believes Erin may have received a bullying text before she took her own life. They are also examining comments left on Erin’s page on the ask.fm website. Posts on the site are left anonymously.

Gardai are refusing to comment, but a spokesperson said: “Investigations into the incident are ongoing.”

Meanwhile, friends of the dead schoolgirl have organised a walk on Monday evening through the twin towns of Stranorlar, where Erin went to school, and Ballybofey, where she lived.