Police focus on mountain bikes as man questioned over Ashling Murphy murder


Rish police were questioning a man on Thursday evening as they investigate the murder of a young teacher as she was taking a walk along a canal.

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.

A 40-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned by guards.

The Irish police force has 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 in the crowd brought flowers and candles, to which they called for a society-wide discussion to ensure that men did not feel indulging in misbehavior against women.

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.

“Women’s safety is at the core of our society’s values.”

Taniste Leo Varadkar offered his condolences to Ms. Murphy’s family.

Flowers were left at a Garda outpost after the death of an elementary school teacher (Dominic McGrath/PA) , PA Wire

He tweeted on Thursday afternoon: “There should be zero tolerance for any violence against women.”

Mr Varadkar called Ms Murphy’s death “truly devastating and senseless”.

He said that every effort is being made to ensure justice.

Dublin, Galway and Belfast are among those places already in place, the effects of which are felt on both sides of the Irish border.

Ashling Murphy was attacked as she was jogging through a canal (Comhaltas Seoltoi ireann / PA) , PA Wire

Superintendent Eamon Curley told reporters Thursday morning that about 50 officers were working on the investigation as he urged witnesses to come forward.