Ashling Murphy: Primary school teacher, 23, beaten to death while out jogging in Ireland

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Her principal James Hogan said she was a “fantastic, beautiful, an extraordinary sportsperson, Irish musician, choral conductor and an inspiration”.

Declan Harvey, Fianna Fail councillor for the area, said: “I am devastated. I couldn’t sleep last night thinking of it all because it is a place I go all the time.”

The route by the canal is called Fiona’s Way, named in memory of a missing woman Fiona Pender.

“She went there jogging, she does it regularly. I am lost for words. Tullamore is probably the safest place in the world, and after yesterday people will be nervous to go down to the canal,” Mr Harvey said.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee said: “My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, with her friends and with her community.”

Minister of State Josepha Madigan for Special Education and Inclusion said: “A young woman can’t even go for a run along a canal pathway – at four o’clock, in the middle of the day – only to be attacked and murdered.

“We need to urgently address why we live in a country where this can happen.”

Giving an update into the investigation, gardai said: “The male who was arrested and detained by An Garda Siochana investigating this fatal assault has now been released from this detention.

“This male has been eliminated from garda inquiries and is no longer a suspect. 

“An Garda Siochana continue to appeal for any information on a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green front forks.

“Gardai continue to appeal for any person with any information on this fatal assault, who may not already have spoken to investigators, to come forward with that information.

“Gardai continue to appeal to any persons that were in the Cappincur/Canal walk area of Tullamore, County Offaly before 4pm, yesterday afternoon Wednesday January 12 2022, to make contact with them.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.”

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