The Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBrearty has
appealed for privacy on behalf of the family of
teenager Shannon Gallagher who has died tragically
less than two months after the death of her little
It is believed 15-year old Shannon also died by
suicide. Gardaí are investigating claims 13 year old
Erin was the victim of a campaign of cyberbullying
before her death in October.
Donegal VEC today put in place a critical incident
team following the death of 4th year Finn Valley
College student Shannon.
The head of the Donegal VEC Sean Purcell said it was
an extremely distressing time for the Gallagher
family, the school and local community.
Cllr Frank McBrearty expressed his "sincerest
condolences" to Shannon's family and friends.
"The Mayor would like to ask that the relevant
authorities be given the time and space to review
the circumstances of this tragedy so as to allow
them to respond in the most appropriate way. He is
also asking that the wishes of the family for
privacy at this very sad time be respected by all
concerned," a Council spokesperson said in a
The statement continued that Cllr McBrearty would be
making no further comment at this time.
Meanwhile, relatives of Shannon and Erin asked that
the family been given privacy at this time. Anyone
affected by details of this report can call The
Samaritans on 116 123.