Erin’s grandfather hopes her tragic death won’t be in vain

The grandfather of the teenage girl, Erin Gallagher, who took her own life after being bullied online, says he hopes his grand-daughter's death will not be in vain.

Today would have been Erin's 14th birthday.

The 13 year old took her own life last month after being subjected to cyber-bullying on the website ask.fm.

Speaking to the Midweek programme on TV3, her grandfather James Gallagher says the family is now in receipt of professional help - but he says he feels it's all too late...............

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Meanwhile, the Justice Minister is encouraging anyone who's being bullied to report it to the Gardaí.

Alan Shatter says our current laws can be used to address the problem - even if the bullying is being carried out online.

He said however, that he has been made aware of difficulties in bringing successful prosecutions - and therefore he's asked the Law Reform Commission to examine the law as it currently stands and to make recommendations.