Taoiseach Michael Martin has said that Gardai is “doing everything they can” and is using all his resources to find the man responsible for the fatal attack on young teacher Ashling Murphy in Ko Offaly.
Mr Martin said he had a private conversation yesterday to express his solidarity with Ms Murphy’s family.
He was speaking after Gardai renewed his appeal for information as they searched for the killer of Ashling Murphy when he had eliminated the man arrested as a suspect.
A 40-year-old man, who was interrogated in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old teacher, was released from Garda custody on Thursday night.
Ms. Murphy was fatally attacked on Wednesday at 4 p.m. on the banks of the canal in Offaly, Capincur, Tullamore.
Guardai has renewed its appeal on the Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green colored front forks for detailing.
They are appealing to anyone who was in Tullamore’s Capincur/Canal Walk area before 4 p.m. on Wednesday to contact them.
Mr Martin was asked what he would say to the community and country that may be concerned that the perpetrator is still on the run.
“This is, of course, a matter of concern to the people of Tullamore, and to people across the country in general. The Gardai are using all their resources to protect the people and keep the people safe, but the person responsible for We are also doing everything to find and bring that person to justice. I can say without hesitation that every effort will be made to bring justice to any person and keep people safe in the intervening period.
Mr Martin said Ashling Murphy “best represented that tradition of national teaching.”
“Our hearts and our minds go out to the Murphy family, his community, his family and friends, and especially the young students, who will undoubtedly be looking forward to Ashling’s presence in the classroom as well as teaching music and sports to the wider audience.” I have always believed that from the very beginning of the state, the national school teacher has been the foundation upon which our society was built. And in many ways, Ashling Murphy is the best of that tradition of national teaching. Represented and represented him.”
Mr Martin said he had “private talks” with Ms Murphy’s family yesterday.
“I wanted everyone across the country to express their solidarity with him on behalf of the people, and our devastation over the fact that a beautiful young woman has been taken from their lives.
Earlier Justice Minister Helen McKenty has said that “absolutely everything that can be done is being done” to bring to justice the killer of Ashling Murphy.
a notice on RIP.ie said Ms Murphy “will be sadly missed by her grieving family” which includes her father Raymond, mother Kathleen, brother Cathal, sister Amy, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbors and friends.
Ms. Murphy was from the townland of Blueball, Tullamore. She had previously played camouflage for Offley and was a talented musician. One of three siblings, she came from a family well-known in the Midlands traditional music.
Ms Murphy was killed at Boland’s Lock, Capincur on the Grand Canal Tow Path about 3 km east of Tullamore at 4 p.m. It is understood that he was beaten up and strangled to death.
Several vigils are to be held Friday afternoon at locations across the republic, including Tullamore Town Park, at 4 p.m., to remember Ms Murphy and call for an end to male-to-female violence.
A national women’s council of Ireland, outside Dublin’s Dale ireann, was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. – the time Ms Murphy was murdered on Wednesday – for an hour. Vigils were planned at Galway’s Eyre Square at 6 p.m., Limerick’s Arthur Quay Park at 6 p.m., Belfast City Hall at 4 p.m., Derry’s Guildhall Steps at 4 p.m. and Cork’s Atlantic Pond on Saturday at 9.30 a.m.
Condolence books have been opened by Ms Murphy and are available between 9.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a week at the Westmeath County Council civic offices in Mullinger and Athlone.
In a statement on Thursday night, Gardai confirmed that “the man arrested and detained by En Garda Ciochana, who is investigating this deadly attack, has now been released from this detention.”
“This man has been removed from the Garda interrogation and is no longer a suspect.”
‘A woman’s worst nightmare’
The man was arrested shortly after Ms. Murphy was attacked on the banks of the canal in Tullamore’s Capincur on Wednesday at around 4 p.m.
Speaking to Midlands 103 radio this morning, Ms McEnty said: “I spoke to the Garda commissioner this morning, in constant contact with them, to make sure they have anything they need, anything that is needed to do this investigation. and to find out who had done this to Ashling and brought him to justice.”
Ms McEnty declined to discuss any details of the investigation, but said: “What is important here is that Gardai is able to conduct his own investigation.”
She said the investigation involved “connecting with people, it’s interviewing, it’s gathering evidence where possible, it’s forensic evidence where possible, which thankfully has been central to cases in recent years.” Done, it’s a fresh call for people to come. For any kind of information, please forward…”
He reiterated that if anyone has any information about specific mountain bikes, call Garda for people to come forward, adding that if anyone has dashcam footage that “maybe he might be capable of anything”. They should come forward.
Dr Pat Leahy, Dublin’s former assistant Garda commissioner, said the investigation could go in “many directions”.
In an interview with Today With Claire Byrne on RT Radio 1, Dr. Leahy said the investigation into Ms. Murphy’s death so far shows all signs of a professional commitment to the pursuit of evidence and the pursuit of truth.
Dr Lehi stressed that investigations are not “linear processes” and that “round the clock” investigative activities always continue in such cases, even if a suspect is being questioned.
He emphasized that there is a “widespread web of rogue activity” going on in relation to the murder that has stunned the country.
“Door to door inquiries will be made. You have forensic scientists working on this. You have telephone and CCTV analysts, crime scene expert. Conferences will be taking place and they will follow several lines. There will be full commitment from the investigation team on this.
They (Gardai) won’t be able to see their families for some longer because they will be fully and utterly committed to taking this forward and bringing justice to Ashling and his family and community in Tullamore.”
Dr Lehi urged the public to come forward with information on the matter, even if they believe it to be modest in importance.
The investigation into the murder continued on Thursday night as people in Tullamore expressed their shock and anger at the murder.
The motive for the attack is unclear, but Gardai believes it was random and that the killer acted alone. No evidence of sexual harassment has come to the fore to date.
Ms. Murphy had spent the day teaching at Duro National School, just outside Tullamore, where she was a first-grade teacher. After finishing her work she went to the canal side to exercise, which was a regular routine for her, and there she was attacked.
She was alive till paramedics arrived but efforts to save her did not succeed and she was declared brought dead on the spot.
Two women are understood to have reached the spot on the opposite side of the channel. He witnessed the deadly attack and saw the attacker running away. He gave the details of the attacker to Gardai. In a follow-up on Wednesday evening, the man, now cleared of suspicion, was arrested and kept in custody till late Thursday.
James Hogan, principal of Duro National School, told The Irish Times that staff were “overwhelmed” by the messages he had received after Ms Murphy was murdered.
“We are devastated,” he said, adding that Ms. Murphy was a personal friend as he grew up playing traditional music with her. “She was brilliant, a tremendous teacher and had a shining light about her. First class idolized her, the kids were heartbroken. There are so many tears here today.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tullamore Garda Station incident room on 057 932 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or at any Garda station.