“Danielle’s death hasn’t sunk in yet”

The devastated mother of Danielle McLaughlin says she doesn’t want her daughter to be remembered as a victim, but rather as the “kind, beautiful and warm-hearted person that she was”.

The late Danielle McLaughlin

Andrea Brannigan says she has had ‘good days and bad days’ since her daughter was murdered in India almost seven months ago.

“I think about her every day and every night,” the Buncrana woman said.

“She is the first thing I think about every morning I wake up, and there isn’t a night that goes by that I don’t cry about her.

“I just keep thinking about what she must have gone through.”

She says Danielle’s death “hasn’t fully sunk in yet”.

“I miss chatting to her. I miss her telling me what to do.

“She was like a second mammy to the girls. She was such a good person.”


To read the exclusive interview with Danielle’s mum Andrea and sister Joleen, see this week’s Inishowen Independent.

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.