Ashling Murphy’s murder sparks debate over women’s safety

The murder of Ashling Murphy, an elementary school teacher in Coofley on Wednesday, has inspired widespread discussion about women’s safety. Women’s experiences and attitudes about maltreatment and violence have been discussed on social media as a result of her death.

Ms Murphy was out for a run at a canal intersection just outside Tullamore on Wednesday afternoon when she was fatally attacked. A 40-year-old man is in custody at Tullamore Garda station.

For Brigid, originally from Tullamore in Co Offley, the path Ms Murphy was killed in was “a familiar walking and running area” that she often took when she lived and worked locally. Was.

“It will be a fairly safe area to walk in. Women used to go there a lot. , , Young women are exercising,” she said.

The brigade was “shocked” to hear the news of a young woman’s death while jogging in the area. “It gave rise to many familiar feelings of anger and anxiety in me. We should be safe going out for a walk in broad daylight. . . We shouldn’t be constantly looking after us. But that’s the way it is,” she said.

Brigid said she often worried about her daughter, who is a nurse in Dublin, and who “often changes her way out of the hospital every day, especially if she has a late shift”.

The Co Offaly incident reminded him of the case of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in London last spring. Everard was kidnapped and killed by a Metropolitan Police officer while she was on her way home from a friend’s house.

“It’s a mine. Every woman is saying it’s men’s problem. Men should raise their voices for the safety of their daughters, wives and mothers.”

justice system

Fear of street violence was “always there” for the brigade, and it has recently stopped running on its own at the local level.

“I don’t know what women could possibly do differently. It is the justice system that needs to change, and it is men who need to be treated unfairly,” she said.