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Maura Higgins says male violence is an 'epidemic' following murder of Ashling Murphy

The nation has been mourning the loss of the 23-year-old primary school teacher
Clodagh Meaney

Longford reality TV star Maura Higgins has slammed male violence as an epidemic following the tragic murder of Ashling Murphy.

Taking to social media, the 31-year-old model expressed her anger at the prevalence of male violence towards women in society.

“No words can do any justice to how many women are feeling right now.

“Male violence is an epidemic and it needs to be taken seriously.

“How many more times does a woman need to lose her life before we confront violence?”

Maura added: “We don’t want to rest in peace. We want to do whatever the f*ck we want in peace.”

She is not the only famous face to publicly voice their anger at the tragedy.

Vogue Williams has also weighed in on the horrific incident.

“Laying awake thinking of Ashling Murphy,” she shared on Instagram.

“I just don't understand. I don't think any of us do… her poor family, her parents.

“It’s just beyond heartbreaking, it’s unimaginable.”

Ireland AM presenter Muireann O’Connell also spoke about the death on the programme.

“Women walk home with keys in their hands to make sure they’re okay. They put in earphones with nothing on so as that they’re aware of their surroundings and they could hear someone coming up to them,” she said.

Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann/PA)

Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann/PA)

“They don’t walk alone, they get taxis home, they’ve got 999 on their phone ready to press call in case something happens.

“They share taxis and go out of their way, they cross the road, they’re in well-lit areas. I don’t know what else can be said about this."

“Violence against women perpetrated by men is a pandemic, and it doesn’t feel like we’re doing anything about it,” she added.

The crime has sparked anger and grief, nationally and internationally (Brian Lawless/PA)

The crime has sparked anger and grief, nationally and internationally (Brian Lawless/PA)

“We only need to talk about Jastine Valdez, Ana Kriégel, Elaine O’Hara. The numbers, the amount of women that have been killed, 242 since 1996 by men in just this country, and 37 women are killed around the world every single day by a partner or a family member.”

“It can’t be on the women anymore. ‘What are you wearing? What are you doing? Why were you out alone?’ Why can’t I walk on the streets?'

“Last week, we saw two men get bail, €200 bail, for an attack on a 17-year-old girl, Alanna Quinn Idris. It’s not good enough anymore. We have to take this seriously.”

“This is not a woman’s issue, and I know it’s not all men, but it is happening, and we have to do something about teaching the boys and men in our society.”

Gardai are still looking for information in relation to the murder which occurred on Wednesday at approximately 4pm in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

They are are appealing for people with information to come forward, particularly anyone who was in the Cappincur/canal walk area of Tullamore before 4pm on Wednesday.

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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