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Mother of suicide girls in legal action against school authorities

THE mother of two teenage girls who took their own lives has launched legal proceedings against school authorities.

Lorraine Gallagher is suing Donegal Vocational Education Committee (now Donegal Education Training Board) following the death of her daughter Erin (13).

Erin took her own life in October last year amid claims that she was being bullied at school and online. She was a secondary school pupil at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar.

Her older sister Shannon (15) also took her own life just a few weeks later, saying she could not go on without Erin.

Ms Gallagher (37) is claiming damages for mental distress.

Her legal team claims the school failed in its duty of care to provide a "controlled, monitored, safe, supervised working environment" for Erin. The family's solicitor, Patsy Gallagher, confirmed that he has now served legal papers on the Donegal ETB.

It is also understood that further proceedings are being prepared to be served on another local authority.

"The necessary papers have been served on their legal representatives," said Mr Gallagher.

Meanwhile, Ms Gallagher is preparing to mark the first anniversary of Shannon's death later this month.

In October she marked the first anniversary of daughter Erin's death.

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