Irish Police Arrest Man Suspected of Murder of 23-Year-Old Primary School Teacher Ashling Murphy

Ashling Murphy was a teacher, keen camogie player and talented folk musician (COMHALTAS CEOLTÓIRÍ ÉIREANN)

Irish police have arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of the murder of primary school teacher Ashling Murphy.

The 23-year-old was attacked while out exercising beside a canal in Tullamore, County Offaly, last Wednesday.

The arrested man is being held at Tullamore Garda Station.

Earlier, mourners including Irish President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach (PM) Micheál Martin, attended an emotional funeral service Mass at St Brigid’s Church in Mount Bolus.

Her death has shocked the nation and tens of thousands of people have attended vigils in Ireland and further afield in her honour.

Hospital discharge

The suspect, who can be detained for up to 24 hours, was arrested after he was deemed medically fit to be discharged from St James’s Hospital in Dublin earlier on Tuesday, RTÉ reports.

He had presented himself to the hospital last Thursday night with serious and suspicious injuries, says the Irish broadcaster.

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