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After murder of teacher: Irish government speaks of “epedemic of violence against women”

After murder of teacher: Irish government speaks of

Updated on 01/15/2022 at 13:31

  • Thousands in Ireland are mourning the 23-year-old primary school teacher who was attacked and killed on a popular jogging route in Tullamore on Friday.
  • The act shook Ireland – and sparked a debate about violence against women.
  • For more breaking news click hereThousands of people remembered a killed young primary school teacher at vigils in several cities in Ireland and neighboring Northern Ireland. In the small Irish town of Tullamore, where the 23-year-old’s body was found in the middle of the week, mourners gathered in a park to show their support for the woman’s family and at the same time to take a stand against violence against women. The teacher’s murder united the country “in solidarity and disgust,” said Prime Minister Micheál Martin at a commemoration in Dublin. The teacher, a talented musician, was killed on Wednesday afternoon while jogging along a canal – a popular route of cyclists and runners. The police are still looking for the perpetrator, they have identified “a person who is interesting for the case”. An arrested man had previously been released after interrogation. Prime Minister Martin promised that every stone would be turned to bring the investigation to a successful conclusion. During the vigil in Tullamore’s Town Park, tears flowed from the thousands who attended, while candles were lit and prayers were said. Friends and acquaintances of the young woman, including her first violin teacher Attracta Brady, played traditional Irish music at the commemoration in the city a good 80 kilometers west of Dublin.

    Souvenirs with music and minutes of silence

    “She was the most beautiful girl inside and out,” Brady said. “She was every parent’s dream. She was everything you want in a daughter.” The woman’s father, Ray Murphy, played her favorite song “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” on the banjo at another memorial service that evening near the scene of the crime, according to the PA news agency. Her school described her as “a shining light, a very professional and talented young teacher, a woman of exceptional athletic, musical and vocal talents”. She had therefore started teaching at primary school in March 2021 and had been a first-class teacher. The woman was also remembered in Belfast. Young musicians who knew the 23-year-old and had played with her also played here. Hundreds of people, who, among other things, held a minute’s silence, gathered in front of the town hall of the capital of the British part of Northern Ireland. Everyone saw the news and felt they had to do something, said one of the organizers, Emma Gallen. “We couldn’t just stand there and not admit that a murder had taken place in daylight on someone who was just beginning her life.”

    “It’s been like this for thousands of years”: Tat triggers debate about violence against women

    The crime has sparked a new debate about women’s safety on the island of Ireland. “There is an epidemic of violence against women. It’s been like this for thousands of years,” said Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. President Michael D. Higgins called on people to think about what it takes to eliminate all forms of violence against women and to build a “kinder, more compassionate and more empathetic society” for all. More vigils were also planned over the weekend. (dpa/tar)

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