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    Default Mother of Gallagher girls to sue Donegal VEC

    Mother of tragic sisters sues school authority - National News - Independent.ie

    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.
    This seems folly.

    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.

    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.
    Of course the VEC aren't going to reply. You're suing them. Everything's going to go through their counsel.

    A quote from the letter:

    “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.
    Last night the mother, speaking about the death of Erin in the family home said:

    “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?”
    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.
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    Has the mother any responsibility herself ? Were some of those unfortunate children not in foster care? The priest said at funeral (Fr. Duffy) has a go at everyone inc state and HSE. Did he preach about parental responsibility and duties ?

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    I hope it's a case of grief clouding the judgement of that mother...

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    This will just put more spotlight on th family, and prolong an all ready horrible situation. The solicitors should have told the Mother to wait a few months, raw grief will have you blame every one, it's easier to deal with death when you can point a finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerben View Post
    This will just put more spotlight on th family, and prolong an all ready horrible situation. The solicitors should have told the Mother to wait a few months, raw grief will have you blame every one, it's easier to deal with death when you can point a finger.
    and lawyers see an opening ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerben View Post
    This will just put more spotlight on th family, and prolong an all ready horrible situation. The solicitors should have told the Mother to wait a few months, raw grief will have you blame every one, it's easier to deal with death when you can point a finger.
    She did wait a few months after the death of the first girl. The solicitor's letter to the VEC was sent days before Erin's older sister died. Still, I don't see this as being a well-advised move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin Coir View Post
    Has the mother any responsibility herself ? Were some of those unfortunate children not in foster care? The priest said at funeral (Fr. Duffy) has a go at everyone inc state and HSE. Did he preach about parental responsibility and duties ?
    The priests remarks were totally out of line. I expect were he burying Adam Lanza he would have absolved him of all personal responsibility and blamed society as well.
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    the catholic church has destagmatised suicide in recent decades, hence the massive rise in the number of suicides in the last few decades. Committing suicide is selfish.

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    I hadn't known that one of the girls had been in foster care.

    If the family take a case I hope that the case is vigorously defended.

    This looks like an attempt to cash in on a tragedy - at the expense of the taxpayer.

    Is Mrs Gallagher widowed/divorced/separated? I haven't seen mention of a husband/father.
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    Quote Originally Posted by True Republican View Post
    the catholic church has destagmatised suicide in recent decades, hence the massive rise in the number of suicides in the last few decades. Committing suicide is selfish.
    That is a disgraceful comment. Until and unless you are touched by a tragedy like suicide, you can have no idea. My family have had a suicide and it was not in any way selfish. Mental health plus alcohol abuse were the primary factors.

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