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Funeral marches across Ireland: Young teacher murdered near Dublin

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Funeral marches across Ireland: Young teacher murdered near Dublin

Friday January 14, 2022

Funeral marches across Ireland Young teacher murdered near Dublin

A young jogger is killed in broad daylight near Dublin. Thousands are gathering across Ireland to mourn as the search for the culprit heats up. The country is now debating why women are so often victims of violence.
Thousands of people have commemorated a young woman killed at vigils in several cities in Ireland and the British region of Northern Ireland. In Tullamore, where the body of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy was found, shops and cafes closed earlier than usual. Many mourners gathered in a park in the city, a good 80 kilometers west of Dublin. Prime Minister Michaél Martin attended a commemoration in the Irish capital. The murder of the teacher united the country “in solidarity and disgust,” Martin said. Police have “identified a person of interest in the case.” Now the authorities are waiting to question the man, who is still receiving medical treatment for a number of injuries. An arrested 40-year-old man had previously been released, the media reported.

Forensic material secured

Authorities contradicted critical reports that the investigation had started too slowly in the days after the crime. Extensive forensic material was secured, which would help the police track down the perpetrator. According to a report by the Irish Times, police are currently looking for the owner of a mountain bike that was found not far from the crime scene. Officials believe the abandoned bike is linked to the murder and are calling on the public to provide information about the owner. The crime has sparked a new debate about women’s safety on the island of Ireland. The 23-year-old was killed on Wednesday afternoon while jogging along a canal – a popular route for cyclists and runners. “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 the population to build a “kinder, more compassionate and more empathetic society”. Irish Prime Minister Martin said he had contacted the young teacher’s family. “I wanted to express our solidarity with them and our dismay at the loss of a beautiful young woman,” he said.


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