Attorney General Helen McEntee described the murder of teacher Ashling Murphy as ‘every woman’s worst nightmare’

JUSTICE Minister Helen McEntee described the murder of a young teacher while she was jogging as “every woman’s worst nightmare”.

Ashling Murphy, 23, was violently attacked in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co . Offaly, at about 4pm yesterday.

Ashling is a talented musician and beloved elementary school teacher


Ashling is a talented musician and beloved elementary school teacher
Ashling Murphy had to run away when he was attacked


Ashling Murphy had to run away when he was attackedCredit: refer to footnote
Attorney General Helen McEntee'every effort' is being made to ensure justice for Ashling


Attorney General Helen McEntee ‘every effort’ is being made to ensure justice for AshlingCredit: PA

The talented commercial musician, who used to work at Durrow National School, was exercising along a popular route when she was targeted.

Gardai believes the suspect – believed to be from outside the area – Random and gratuitous attacks.

A man in his 40s was arrested following the incident.

It is understood the attack was witnessed by other pedestrians.

The officers were pleased that the elementary school teacher and her attacker did not know each other.

Suspects can be detained for 24 hours before it is issued or charged.

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Speaking to RTE Radio 1’s News at One, Attorney General Helen McEntee said the incident was “every woman’s worst nightmare”.

“I would say this is every woman’s worst nightmare because while we shouldn’t, women take precautions and unfortunately women don’t always feel safe,” explains McEntee. .


“Ashling goes out for a jog during the day, she goes to a densely populated area, she goes to an area that we’ve heard from a lot of locals, people feel safe.

“However, this happened to her, this is why it is every woman’s worst nightmare.

“Overall, the issue that we’re facing right now around women feeling safe, we need to make sure that we listen to this and we accept all of this, that we Let’s tackle this together as a society.”

She offered her condolences to Ashling’s loved ones and said the incident had been “absolutely devastating”.

Secretary McEntee said: “I would like to offer my condolences to Ashling’s family, her friends, all of her colleagues, all of her community and indeed the wider community.

“We’ve heard a lot of people talk about Ashling all morning, she’s a young woman, a beautiful woman, a recent graduate, teaching, very talented, obviously very talented. ability and very close to the locality.

“For this to happen, it’s absolutely devastating and I know a lot of people are trying to come to terms with this and it’s been very difficult for them.


“The Garda The investigation has been started, I just spoke to the garda commissioner this morning and he has reassured me that every effort is being made to ensure justice is done for Ashling. “

Secretary McEntee urged anyone with information to go ahead.

She added: “If I can reiterate the General Manager’s request and it’s anyone who has any information, it doesn’t matter to you whether it’s small information it doesn’t matter. , if you were in the area at the time or during the day please give as any information will be absolutely vital in ensuring whoever did this and committed this crime gets brought to justice .

“This is a senseless act, I think people are trying to come to terms with how this is going to happen, why this is happening and we have a grieving family and a struggling community. grieving here and I would just like to extend my sincerest condolences to everyone, her family in particular.”

She finished: “A young woman has been murdered, this is the most serious crime, it is an act of evil, it will be treated as such and the gardener will have everything they asked for. to make sure whoever did this will be brought to justice.”


Taoiseach Michael Martin paid a in memory of Ashling, declared: “She has not wasted a minute of her life.”

Frontman Fianna Fail also described the brutal attack as “violent and horrifying”.

He told Virgin Media News: “This is shocking news, the murder of Ashling Murphy is gruesome and violent.

“My heart goes out to her parents, her family, the children she raised and the wider community.

“She has not wasted a minute of her life, a musician, a teacher.

“One can only think what is going on in the minds of the children she taught every day and what they are thinking today about what happened.”

‘Every effort’

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar writes: “There is no tolerance for any act of violence against women.

Thinking of Ashling Murphy’s family, friends, colleagues and entire Tullamore community.

“Truly cruel and senseless. Every effort is being made to ensure justice is served.”

Education Minister Norma Foley added: “My sincere and heartfelt sympathies go out to Ashling Murphy’s family, friends and school community. Thoughts and prayers are with them during this time. this painful and difficult point.”

While Minister for Higher & Higher Education Simon Harris wrote: “A young woman, simply ran off in the afternoon and was brutally killed.

“Thinking of her and her family and community tonight and their unimaginable pain. We must all take action to end violence against women. We all have it. responsibility.”

Labor TD Aodhan O’Riordain also took to social media to offer condolences to Ashling’s family and school.


He wrote: “Can’t stop thinking about Ashling Murphy. Can’t imagine what her family is going through or what @DurrowNS staff & kids are going through.

“Not a single man who goes jogging thinks there’s a percentage chance they’ll get killed. Too many women do. Rest in peace Ashling.”

While Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty said his “thoughts and prayers” are with her family, friends and community.

He said: “It’s hard to find words. My thoughts and prayers are with Ashling Murphy’s family, her friends and her school community, and the wider community in Tullamore. .

“Our women deserve so much better. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Independent TD Cathal Berry said his heart goes out to Ashling’s loved ones and considers the incident “really terrible.”


Berry said: “My heart aches for the family, friends and colleagues of Ashling Murphy, who was killed in Tullamore yesterday afternoon. What a horrible and horrible crime. May she rest in peace. rest”.

Culture Minister Catherine Martin sends her deepest sympathies to Ashling’s family and friends.

“My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Ashling Murphy’s family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilis,” she wrote.

People Before Profit’s Paul Murphy said Ashling’s murder was a “horrific case” of gender-based violence.

He said: “Ashling Murphy’s solidarity with friends and family. A horrifying case of gender-based violence. It is certainly not an exaggeration to ask for a society where women can flee in their local community,” he said. without worrying about being attacked.

Gardai said “There is no stone that will not be exposed” in the murder investigation.


Tullamore Garda Station Superintendent Eamonn Curley said: “The victim of this crime was Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old local woman from the Blueball area of ​​Tullamore.

“Ashling was a teacher at Durrow National School.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ashling family at this time and indeed the wider community, her teaching colleagues, and the children she thinks are the best people in the world. They don’t have a teacher.

“Staff from our family liaison unit are providing ongoing support to the family.

“Shortly after the discovery of this crime, a full Homicide investigation was launched.

“The scene has been cordoned off and remains as it is, where the Garda Technical Department is conducting a detailed forensic examination of the scene.

“State pathologist services have been provided and autopsy results are awaited.

“We have established an incident room at Tullamore Garda station with a team of more than 50 Gardaí tasked with investigating.

“Staff from the Kuomintang Special Operations Units including the National Criminal Investigation Bureau have been tasked with investigating.

“No stone will be missed when it comes to bringing the perpetrators of this crime to Justice.

“At this time, there is no information that the victim and her killer are known to each other.


Gardai is appealing to anyone with information to contact them.

Director Curley added: “As part of the investigation to date, we have arrested a 40-year-old man who is currently in custody at Tullamore Garda station.

“I would like to add that we continue to keep an open mind in this investigation and I would like to appeal to the public to help them in that regard.

“First, I would like to thank the public for their cooperation and assistance thus far, the information received from the public thus far has assisted us in reaching the current stage of investigation.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone who hasn’t been on the Grand Canal Way on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 3pm to 5pm. We want to talk to you.

“We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone behaving unusually in that area. Any information you have is trivial but you might think it might be. I need to hear from you.

“Were you on Grand Canal Road from 3pm to 5pm yesterday or do you have any information about this incident.

“Please contact us at Tullamore Garda Station on 0579327600 or any real Garda Station, or if you would like the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111. I want to assure the public that any information received will be are handled in the most rigorous manner.

“Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with the Ashling family at this time.”

Ashling Murphy passed away on Wednesday


Ashling Murphy passed away on Wednesday
The attack took place in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co Offaly


The attack took place in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co OffalyCredit: PA Attorney General Helen McEntee described the murder of teacher Ashling Murphy as ‘every woman’s worst nightmare’

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