Mother of tragic sisters sues school authority - National News - Independent.ie
This seems folly.THE mother of tragic sisters Erin and Shannon Gallagher is planning to launch legal proceedings against education authorities and the HSE.
Mrs Gallagher (36) has threatened to launch legal proceedings against Donegal VEC for negligence and breach of duty.
A letter on behalf of Mrs Gallagher was sent to Donegal VEC by Gallagher & Brennan Solicitors on December 4 -- days before Erin's older sister took her own life.
So the case will revolve around Erin which is at least a bit sensible but...hypothetically if there is a feeling that the VEC/HSE are responsible, then it becomes a discussion on how much they're responsible and what else may have played a part.
Which means every family conversation, every angry utterance, every email, facebook message, text that the girl sent is in play.
Why did the other daughter end in foster care, what were those foster parents told by Shannon about the family life, do the social services bear responsibility for not getting involved in the family earlier etc etc etc.
There's no time pressure on this, to initiate it now, when feelings are still raw, seems very poorly advised.
Of course the VEC aren't going to reply. You're suing them. Everything's going to go through their counsel.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said last night that his office has still not received a reply to the letter sent to Donegal VEC.
But Mr Purcell of Donegal VEC said: "Our energies are going into helping the people who need our support at present.
"Of course we have sympathy for the Gallagher family, but we cannot speak about a legal issue at this time," he said.
A quote from the letter:
Last night the mother, speaking about the death of Erin in the family home said:“The aforementioned intended action arises because of negligence, breach of duty, including breach of statutory duty by you, your servants and/or agents, in the administration, supervision, control, management, running and operation of Finn Valley College and your duty of care to create and provide a safe, supervised, monitored, controlled working environment for all students attending this school.
“From our instructions it is quite clear that Erin Gallagher, deceased, was subjected on a weekly basis to a persistent, prolonged, aggressive campaign of both mental and physical torture, bullying, abuse, harassment, assaults and intimidation and was afforded little, if any, protection by you, your servants and/or agents,” says the letter.
So....she was fine leaving the school, she was fine on the way home, she then kills herself at home and the contention is that the VEC bear responsibility for allowing her to go home.“She tried to take her own life and yet she was allowed to walk home from school that day. That school failed her. They knew she was vulnerable. How could they allow her to walk home?”