Erin Gallagher's sister found dead

Erin Gallagher (left, in green top) and her older sister Shannon. Both girls are now dead.
Erin Gallagher (left) and her older sister Shannon.

The teenage sister of a schoolgirl who died by suicide less than two months ago, has also died.

Shannon Gallagher, 15, who paid emotional tributes following 13-year-old Erin’s death, was found dead in Co Donegal last night. It is believed she also died by suicide.

The Donegal VEC, which runs Finn Valley College in Stranorlar, which both girls attended, said they were “trying to find the words and response to the tragedy”.

“The school would still be in crisis mode,” chief executive Shaun Purcell said.

In a statement, the county VEC said everyone's thoughts and prayers were with the Gallagher family at this sad time.

The Gallagher family, from Ballybofey, was said to be “completely distressed” by the tragedy.

Erin had posted comments on a social networking site before her death on October 27, reacting to people she claimed had been bullying her.

Investigations were launched into claims that she had been a victim of cyber bullying.

A crisis incident team has been put in place at Finn Valley College after staff were notified of Shannon’s death this morning.

Two psychologists, guidance counsellors, principal Frank Dooley and other teaching staff are meeting to assess how to support students.

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