Ashling represented the best of modern Ireland, says Taoiseach

Galway Daily news Ashling Murphy funeral

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has joined thousands of people this afternoon in paying tribute to Ashling Murphy, saying that she “represented the best of modern Ireland”.

“The entire country is devastated and shocked by the violent and barbaric killing of Ashling Murphy, a young woman in the prime of her life,” said the Taoiseach.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her parents, family, friends, club, and community in Tullamore, Offaly.”

The Taoiseach also acknowledged the enormous trauma being experienced by the children she taught at Durrow National School.

He said that as a teacher, musician and sportsperson, Ashling represented the very best of modern Ireland.

“She gave everything to life, moulding young people for the future and sharing her talent for music and sport,” he said.

“Her death is a devastating blow to her family and community.”

He added that violence, particularly violence against women, ‘cannot and will not be tolerated’.

“The safety and security of women is at the core of our society’s values,” he said. “I would urge anyone with any information about this killing to bring it to the attention of Gardaí.”