THIS were the emotional scenes of teacher Ashling Murphy’s tribute – as Minister Simon Harris told those gathered that politicians needed to take action against wrongdoing and violence against women. female.
The emotional event was organized by Mary Immaculate College and the student union and took place at 6pm in the main courtyard of the campus – outside the building where she graduated less than four months ago.
Ashling Murphy, 23, was killed as she jogged on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on January 12, 2022.
Thousands of people gathered with candles on the grounds of Limerick college to pay their respects to the memory of popular teachers.
Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris told those gathered at Ashling’s alma mater: “I want to be here because I’m a man and a father and a politician, and I know that our gender and our profession, need to be done. better, we need to do more.”
“As fathers of young boys, how are we supposed to raise them, making sure they’re part of the cultural change; As politicians, we have to change the system. “
This change, the Minister asserts, includes “his duty to ensure that the third level is safe, and that each of us, as men, must call the name misogyny and us.” must stand up and speak up.”
Secretary Harris became emotional as he encouraged those of Mrs Murphy’s generation and future generations of women and men, who, he said, “ask Ashling to act”, to continue calling for action. call change.
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The Good Gael TD suggests that politicians, including him, “must be allies in that cause, and work with you to defend and make that happen in every way possible that we can.”
He added: “So here tonight we are all committed to taking action for Ashling, because we owe it to her, we owe it to her beautiful family, and we owe it to you.”
MIC President, Professor Eugene Wall, held back tears as he welcomed Ms. Murphy’s parents Kathleen and Raymond, her sister Amy, her brother Cathal, and her boyfriend Ryan, to the university, where, “nearly four months ago on this day, Ashling appeared, happily clutching his diploma as he realized his long-held ambition to become a primary school teacher.”
Mr. Wall said the murder of the MIC graduate had “caused a shockwave across the country and abroad”.
The MIC chaplain, Father Michael Wall, said the alleged murder, which took place in broad daylight on a public walkway as Mrs Murphy was simply walking amused, represented a national outburst of violence. “confusion, anxiety, sadness, anger and upheaval” and that women, in particular, suffered “with a range of fears and worries and concerns”.
Father Wall said that while there have been “many calls for change,” he hopes for direction and wisdom “for our leaders, politicians, legislators, realists.” our law enforcement, leaders and influencers, to make decisions that lead to a better life for all.”
Limerick’s mayor, Fine Gael Cllr Daniel Butler, said it was up to political leaders like him “to make decisions, and make sure that (Ashling’s) loss is not in vain”.
Mayor Butler added: “I know we – as men – have to do better, and will do better.”
Maura Murray, a classmate from Tullamore who went on to attend MIC with Ms. Murphy, held back tears to pay tribute to “our dearest friend ‘Ash'”.
“All she wanted to do was become a teacher, which she was born to do. Ashling loves her steps, fresh air, surrounded by nature, she has so many plans, we will keep (her) in our hearts and minds… forever, fly tall with the angels,” she added.
Dr Ailbhe Kenny, who taught Ms. Murphy at MIC, told those gathered at the ceremony not to let the fear of male violence against women compromise their right to walk, run and enjoy enjoy their lives and their freedoms: “Do not let fear, anger, grief, or sadness, always stand in the way of any of that. “
Poems, as well as traditional Irish tunes and Irish Folk songs were played from a stage set up on the university campus, before a sea of candlelight shimmering in the dark, to imagine Remember the music teacher graduate is a talented musician. .
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