The murder of 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy has “united the country in solidarity and rebellion”, the Irish premier has said.
His remarks came as Ireland’s deputy premier said society faced an “epidemic of violence against women”, with senior politicians promising that the full resources of the Irish police are available to bring the killer to justice.
Gardai continues to search for the killer of the young teacher, who was found dead on Wednesday after running down the banks of the Grand Canal in Offaly, Tullamore.
Taoiseach Michael Martin said on Friday: “It is a very poignant and very sad moment in the affairs of our country when a young talented musician violently took his life a few days ago, and our hearts and minds are with the Murphy family.” To the community, to his family and friends, and especially to the young students, who will undoubtedly be looking forward to Ashling’s presence in the classroom, teaching music or sports as well as a comprehensive curriculum.
“It has always been my view that a national schoolteacher, from the inception of the state, has been the foundation upon which our society was built.
“And, in many ways, Ashling Murphy best embodies and represents that tradition of national teaching.
“I think that has united the country in solidarity and hatred over what has happened.”
He added: “No stone will be left unturned to complete this investigation and bring justice to the person responsible for it.”
The Taoiseach said a new national strategy currently being developed to tackle sexual, domestic and gender-based violence in Ireland would adopt a “zero-tolerance” approach.
“There should be a broader social outlook and a realization that there should be zero tolerance for any form of violence,” he said.
Mr Martin said he had spoken to the Murphy family.
“I wanted to, like everyone else across the country, on behalf of the people, express our solidarity with them and with our devastation. The fact that a beautiful young woman has been taken from their lives,” he said.
“I can say without hesitation that every effort will be made to bring this man to justice and keep people safe in the intervening period.”
Ms Murphy’s death has sparked a new debate about women’s safety in Ireland, with many asking how such an attack could have happened in broad daylight.
Taniste Leo Varadkar said on Friday that he was devastated by the murder.
He said tackling gender-based violence has been a priority for the Irish government for “a long time”.
“But it can’t just be the government,” he said at a news conference in Co Kildare.
“The government has to lead but it cannot be just the government.
“We, as a society, need to face this. There is an epidemic of violence against women. This has been going on for millennia, quite frankly.
“Men and boys, I think, especially have a responsibility to initiate dialogue among themselves about the factors, the kind of attitudes, that give rise to the feelings that drive men to commit acts of violence against women. Huh.
“I hope shedding light on gender-based violence can help us discuss this and improve things in society.
“But I know that, you know, it’s only been a year since Sarah Everard was killed in the UK, it’s been a year since a Mongolian woman was killed by a 15-year-old boy, just going about her normal business.” It was Dublin, so these things are happening very frequently.
“We will do what we can as a government, we will continue to make that investment, but I think as a society, we also have a responsibility, and especially on men and boys and teenagers.”
Mr Varadkar added: “I know the people in Tullamore will be very worried at this point because the killer is still on the run and I want to assure the people that all of Gardai’s resources are there to make sure this person is found.” are going.”
Earlier, Justice Minister Helen McEnty promised that “every resource” would be provided to Gardey in the investigation.
On Friday, Ms. McEnty tweeted: “Every resource will be provided to En Garda Siochana to find out who killed Ashling Murphy. It is important that we all support Gardai in his work.”
She urged anyone with information to contact Gardai.
The killing has sparked a widespread wave of mourning and anger, with vigils planned for Friday and in towns and cities across Ireland in the coming days.
A Jagran has been organized in Tullamore on Friday, in which a book of condolence has been opened online.
On Friday, Gardai issued a renewed appeal to witnesses and asked anyone with information to come up with the bicycle — a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green front forks — to come forward. for.
On Thursday, authorities released a man they were questioning, saying he was “no longer a suspect”.
The man’s lawyer told the PA news agency that he had “ruined his life.”
Donal Farrelly, who represented the man during the two-day interrogation, denounced those trying to identify him on social media.
Mr Varadkar, when asked about Mr Farelli’s comments, said it would be a “serious” issue if any information about that person was leaked.
He said any such allegation could be investigated by the Gardai or the Garda Ombudsman.
The city of Tullamore is still grappling with the death of Murphy, who was described by her family as a “special girl” and “little angel”.
In an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper, her father Raymond said: “She was a great activist, with great drive. A wonderful musician.
“He did a lot in his short life.”
Those who knew him described him as a talented musician who was loved by his students.
Several hundred people attended a vigil in his memory in Galway on Thursday, many of whom brought flowers and candles.
Vigilance has also been arranged in Dublin and Belfast, with the effects of the attack felt on both sides of the Irish border.
It is believed that about 50 officials are working on the investigation and the post-mortem work has been completed.
The route along the Grand Canal is often busy and a popular spot for walkers and joggers.
Wreaths were laid outside the gates of Duro National School, where Ms Murphy taught, and on Friday the school paid a new tribute to her.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the school said it was “absolutely devastated by the passing of our dear colleague and friend”.
“Ashling was a very professional and talented young teacher. We are deeply saddened by his tragic loss. Our condolences are with his beloved family at this time of grief.”
Principal James Hogan told RT radio on Thursday that Ms Murphy was a “bright light that would put a smile on anyone’s face”.
He continued: “Ashling was a shining light to the children and a very professional and talented young teacher.
“She was an inspiration to many not only in our school but in the wider community of schools.”