THE Taoiseach paid tribute to the murdered young teacher Ashling Murphy, declaring, “She hasn’t wasted a minute of her life.”
Ashling, 23, who used to work at Durrow National School, was jogging along a popular route when he was pounced in a “gratuitous and random attacks”.
The talented musician was violently attacked along the canal in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co . Offaly, at about 4pm yesterday evening.
Speaking today, Michael Martin described the brutal attack as “violent and terrible” and paid tribute to Ms Murphy and her family.
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.”
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The head of Fianna Fail urged anyone with any information to contact the gardai, no matter how small.
He continued: “I would urge anyone out there with any information that might support Gardai to bring it to gardai no matter how irrelevant they may think it is.
“Gardeners are emphasizing that it is very important for people to contact them with any information that may assist them.
“I would urge everyone to do that and cooperate with gardai because this is a reprehensible act.”
Taoiseach also states that violence against women “cannot be tolerated under any circumstances”.
He continued: “Violence against women cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. This is the violation of every woman, of a family, of a community in a peaceful area.
‘NEED TO PROTECT WOMEN’
“Everyone is really shocked and very hurt by this, once again our hearts and prayers go out to the family and I would call on everyone to cooperate with gardai in any way possible.
“It is shocking, especially in an area that has been developed to make it possible for people to exercise, to meet people, to participate in the mundane things of everyday life.
“That it should be violently disrupted and that a vibrant youthful life should be realized under these circumstances just goes against the very core of what we are about and the values of our community.” and our society.
“The need to protect women has re-emerged. It’s a very important issue for us as a society and we will have to do everything we can to ensure that there is absolutely no intolerance. excuse for such acts of violence.”
Earlier today, Education Minister Norma Foley also expressed sympathy with the tweet: “Sincere and heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and community at Ashling Murphy School. Thoughts and prayers. I will always be with you during this sad and difficult time.”
Students at Durrow National School where Ms. Murphy works drew colorful cards that read “RIP Ms Murphy” and “We love you” in a heartbreaking performance at the elementary school.
Principal James Hogan said the children worked together and expressed sadness.
The principal paid tribute to Ashling and said that as a teacher, she has a great relationship with students and parents.
‘ONE IN ONE MILLION’
He described her loss as “heartbreaking” and said she was “one in a million”.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder and is currently being held at Tullamore Garda station.
Gardai has now opened a major investigation with a team of more than 50 officers involved in the investigation.
Speaking from the scene this morning, Tullamore Garda Station Superintendent Eamonn Curley vowed that “No stone will be missed in bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice“.
Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend a special vigil tomorrow for Ashling outside Dail on Dublin’s Kildare Road at 4pm.
It is also being organized to call for an end to “men’s violence against women.”
The talented musician, who used to work at Durrow National School, is exercising along a famous route, called Fiona’s Way, when she was targeted.
It is understood that the 1st grade teacher worked at her school “just an hour” before she was murdered.
And officers believe the attack was witnessed by other pedestrians.
However, they do not believe that Ashling and her alleged killer know each other.
Minister Josepha Madigan called the young woman’s tragic death a “watershed moment”.
Fine Gael TD offered its condolences to Ashling’s family and said the “random nature” of the attack had frightened the public.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8199637/taoiseach-tribute-murdered-teacher-ashling-murphy/ Taoiseach says: ‘She didn’t waste a minute of her life’ in heartbreaking tribute to murdered teacher Ashling Murphy