Man released as investigation into Offley murder continues


A man arrested by Irish police investigating the murder of a young teacher has been released.

Late Thursday, Gardai said the person they were questioning was no longer “suspect”.

The murder of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, Co., Offaly, has sparked a widespread wave of mourning and anger in Ireland’s towns and cities with a planned vigil in the coming days.

Gardai has again appealed for witnesses and asked anyone with knowledge of “Falcon Storm mountain bikes” to come forward with “straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green front forks”.

A Garda spokesman said in a statement: “The man who was arrested by En Garda Siochana and was 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.”

Earlier, the Irish police force had promised to “leave no stone unturned” in bringing Ms Murphy’s killer to justice.

Ms. Murphy, an elementary school teacher in Tullamore, died Wednesday afternoon while running along the Grand Canal.

Those who knew him described him as a talented musician who was loved by his students.

Her death has sparked a renewed conversation about women’s safety in Ireland, with many questioning how such an attack could have happened in broad daylight.

There is no place for violence in our society, especially violence against women. it can’t be tolerated

Several hundred people attended a remembrance of Ms. Murphy in Galway on Thursday night.

Many people in the crowd arrived with flowers and candles.

Senior Irish politicians promised justice would be done for Ms Murphy’s family and condemned violence against women.

Irish Premier Michael Martin said the teachers “represent the best of modern Ireland”.

“The entire nation is devastated and shocked by the violent and barbaric murder of a young woman, Ashling Murphy,” he said.

“There is no place for violence in our society, especially violence against women. It cannot and will not be tolerated.