Hundreds of mourners came to Mass at Tuesday for Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old primary school teacher whose murder in Ireland has sparked a debate on how to stop violence against women. The information was provided by the AP news agency.
Irish police said on the day of the funeral that they had arrested a man in his thirties on the murder of Murphy, a musician and teacher whose body was found on the banks of a canal near Tullamore in central Ireland on January 12. Police added that they would not comment on the case yet.
According to the diary The Times is a suspicious Slovak, a father of three. The Irish police did not disclose this fact.
The murder affected many women in Ireland and other countries because the media reported that the perpetrator had attacked Murphy when she had been running in the afternoon. Silent prayer meetings were held throughout Ireland, but also in cities such as London and New York, where those present called on the authorities to do more for women’s safety and to combat violence against women.
The funeral took place in the small village of Mountbolus. Bishop Tom Deenihan told the mourners that the murder was a “perverted violent act” that united the country in common grief.
Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin and President Michael Higgins were also among the huge crowds who gathered for a funeral in Mountbolus.
Young children from the school where Murphy taught kept an honor guard in front of the parish church where the funeral took place. Some of the children held roses and photographs of Murphy. A large screen was installed in the local center near the church so that the young woman could be honored by crowds of people. Schools across Ireland observed a minute’s silence in memory of Murphy.
The Irish Minister of Justice has announced that she plans to publish a new state strategy against domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in the coming months.