The organiser of a vigil for Ashling Murphy in Kerry has apologised for making unwelcome comments about women’s safety.
Phil Horgan spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the Square in Tralee in the wake of the 23-year-old's murder on Wednesday.
He was criticised for telling women attending the vigil, which took place at 4pm on Friday, that they should be better prepared for any future unsolicited attacks.
Mr Horgan said that women should always walk in pairs and should always carry perfume in their bags to spray at an attacker so that they can then kick them and run away.
Afterwards, many people approached him to tell him that his comments were unhelpful and he has since apologised.
Speaking to Radio Kerry, he said: “I got a bit rambunctious when I was speaking and there were things I shouldn’t have said about kicking them in the shins or kicking them in the... It shouldn’t have been said. One of the women [there] said it to me and I agree with her.