Belfast Telegraph

Family prepares to lay MLA's sister to rest

By Brendan McDaid

The sister of Foyle Assemblyman Mark H Durkan will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Gabrielle Durkan (28) was found dead at a house in the Edanmount Park area in Londonderry on Monday morning. A post-mortem examination was due to take place yesterday at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The niece of Foyle MP Mark Durkan, Gabrielle was a nurse at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Police have confirmed that Ms Durkan’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

Known as ‘Gay’, the young woman was popular within the nursing profession and across Derry. Requiem Mass is in St Eugene’s Cathedral at 11.30am, a feast day of the Archangel Gabriel.

One friend had written on Gay’s Facebook profile: “Named after an angel you are with them now”.

Interment is due to take place afterwards in the City Cemetery.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family, with Gabrielle’s sister Deirdre having died in a car accident outside Moneymore in 2000, aged just 18.

Gabrielle is survived by her parents, local businessman Patrick and Gabrielle, and siblings Brendan, Mark H, Mary and Isobel.

The family has asked for donations, in lieu of flowers, to be sent to the Cancer Fund at Altnagelvin Hospital.

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