IRELAND needs to change the way it treats women in all aspects of society, said Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Fein, after the tragic murder of Ashling McDonald.
The murder of a 23-year-old teacher while she was jogging in Tullamore, Co Offally has shocked the country and led to calls to change the way women are treated in Ireland.
Today, ceremonies take place in towns and villages around the country in memory of Ashling with more than 1,000 people attending a ceremony outside Leintser House in Dublin.
Politicians from all sides attended the vigil including Taoiseach Michael Martin, who spoke to Ashling’s friend. Grace Corrigan after her heartbreaking speech to the crowd.
Sinn Fein’s president, Mary Lou McDonald, told the Irish Sun she was moved by Dublin’s show of respect for Ashling and her family, and she called for significant changes to the way women are treated. women in Ireland.
She said: “It was extremely emotional and a huge tribute to Ashling and I hope a source of comfort for her family, who I can only imagine are upset and sad. hurt.
“There are no words to describe how shocking and horrible this is and will bring tears to your eyes.
“Tonight has been very respectful to Ashling and supportive of her family but we need to change this. We need to put an end to this because tears are not enough.”
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Deputy McDonald highlighted the Government’s upcoming national strategy on sexual, family and gender violence as an important step but also called for cultural, educational and social changes to address violence. force on women.
“From a political point of view, we have the promise of a new sexual violence strategy that needs to be refined, published, resourced, and implemented,” she said.
“We need the right data. We need to be able to measure exactly what’s going on across society, and we need to be honest about that.
“We need to respond to what is happening across Irish society and of course the change in our culture, our educational lives, our social lives, our family lives – all of that. need to change.
“People need to understand women as equals. We are all equal citizens and our safety is paramount. Our bodies are ours. We do not open season for abuse, harassment or common interference.
“When something as shocking as an attack and murder happens like this, it’s just the most extreme aspect of what’s normal in our society and women get angry about it. I am angry about that. We are right to be angry about it and we will change it. “
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8208385/ashling-murphy-murder-mary-lou-mcdonald-urgent-plea/ Mary Lou McDonald says: We need to change the way we treat women across society after the murder of Ashling Murphy