President Michael D. Higgins has paid tribute to Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was murdered on Wednesday evening while going out for a run at Offaly in Tullamore.
The president said he spoke to Ashling’s family on Friday morning and expressed his deepest condolences over the loss of a loved one.
“This morning I spoke to Ashling’s family on behalf of the people of Ireland as President, and on behalf of Sabina and me as parents, to express my deepest sympathies and feelings of sadness and loss, who What her tragic death means to so many people, but especially what it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Kathleen.”
President Higgins said the public’s condolences on Ashling’s death has affected the entire nation.
Ashling was a young and talented teacher, the president said, and lived a life of “generous commitment to her local community and her creativity.”
“As a young, talented and enthusiastic teacher she had already made such a positive impression on her young students and colleagues at school.
“Hearing him talk about it is such a testament to the joy of sharing, whether in teaching, music or sport, that he expressed it in a way that would have made everyone very happy.”
President Higgins said that now is the time to reflect on how we can eliminate violence against women from our society.
“May I suggest to all of our people to reflect on all our actions and attitudes – and indeed those we know we are leaving without any challenge – and that we do everything possible to ensure The society we live in is one where all our citizens are free to participate fully, live their lives in an environment free from risks for their own safety,” he said.
epidemic of attacks
Earlier, Taniste Leo Varadkar said there is a culture in Irish society that has created an epidemic of attacks on women and there is a need to shed light on gender-based violence.
Responding to questions about the overnight revelation that the man who killed 23-year-old Ashling Murphy is still on the run, Mr Varadkar said everyone in the country was shocked by what happened in Tullamore.
“I know the people in Tullamore will be very concerned at this point because the killer is still on the run. And I want to reassure people that all of Gardai’s resources are going to make sure this person is found and brought to justice. brought in and people can feel safe again.
Turning to the broader implications, he said: “I think, however, it causes us to think a little bit more about gender-based violence. And it’s something that men and women alike need to combat together.” And I think for men in particular, we need to make sure that we understand, and that we teach our boys that violence against women is never justified.
“It doesn’t matter who she is, it doesn’t matter where she was, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is. It’s never fair. It’s always wrong. And our society I have a culture that creates situations in which violence against women often occurs, not only in public places but also at people’s homes and workplaces.”
He said that men have a special responsibility in this regard to understand the factors that have given rise to the attitude of violence against women. He said that boys and adolescents need to be taught what is right and what is wrong.
There are things the government can do to tackle gender-based violence and domestic violence, he said. He added that Garda is investing additional resources in its rescue units, in education and awareness campaigns, as well as for services to victims of gender-based violence.
He said that the society needs to face this.
“There is an epidemic of violence against women. This has been going on for millennia, quite frankly, and men and boys, I think especially, have a responsibility to initiate conversations between them, about the kinds of factors, the kind of attitudes that… Motivate men to commit acts of violence against women.
Mr Varadkar, who was speaking at the opening of Aldi’s new head office in Naas, Ko Wicklow, said he knew it was only a year after the murder of Sarah Everard in London and a Mongolian woman, Urantsetseg Tserendorj ( 48) has been one year. A 15-year-old boy was murdered on the streets of Dublin.
Taoiseach Michael Martin has stated that the Gardai are “doing everything they can” and are using all their resources to find the man responsible for the fatal attack on the young teacher.
Speaking at the Irish Institute of Music and Song in Balbrigan, Mr Martin said he had a private conversation yesterday to express his solidarity with Ms Murphy’s family. He said he had spoken to Justice Minister Helen McInty on Friday morning about the matter.
Mr Martin was asked what he would say to the community and country that may be concerned that the perpetrator may still be 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 can[use]all their resources to protect the people and ensure the safety of the people, but We are also doing everything to find the person responsible for this and bring that person to justice. I can say without hesitation that every effort has been made to bring justice to any person and keep the people safe in the intervening period. Will go
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 a private conversation with Ms Murphy’s family yesterday.
“Obviously the family is devastated and I don’t want to say anything more. 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.
“It’s just the unconscious, it’s something that I think unites the people of this country in hatred against it, and it’s very, very sad for them. To take the young woman for a lifetime, a teaching Coming out of college training, teaching at a national school instead of her home place, doing what she likes best. It’s very, very devastating for the family and the wider community, I think it’s for all of us in the country. “
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.
“People want to know that the right person is caught and the right person is brought to justice,” she said.
She said it was “very difficult to turn my head” over the fact that the murder took place in an area where people felt safe, but added that most violence against women was done “by someone they know.” … in his house” .
He said a “cultural change” is needed to establish a culture of “zero tolerance” towards violence against women.
She described the attack as “a woman’s worst nightmare” and said the killer would be caught. She shared the people’s “anger” over the murder, which was done in a public place that the locals always felt safe.