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Regulate websites, pleads priest at funeral of suicide girl

The funeral of a young girl who killed herself after apparently being bullied on social media sites has been held in Co Donegal.

Erin Gallagher (13) was found dead in her home on Saturday just 24 hours after telling online bullies she would kill herself. More than 300 mourners heard priest Father John Joe Duffy also tell young people to turn off their ask.fm accounts at Requiem Mass at St Mary's Church in Stranorlar.

Messages posted on the website have been blamed for the deaths of Erin and Leitrim schoolgirl Ciara Pugsley (15), who took her own life in September.

Children wept as Erin's white coffin arrived at the church just before 11am, a wreath in white flowers spelling ‘Angel' alongside it.

Her mother Lorraine, sister Shannon and brother Sean James followed the coffin inside the church.

The priest dedicated most of his homily to suicide prevention and online bullying.

“The authorities may hide behind technical and other difficulties but these sites can be regulated and they must be regulated.”

Erin was born in Scotland; her mother is from Stirling.

She was buried in the cemetery in Castelfin.

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