Violence Against Women and the Virtue of Resistance
On January 12th, 2022, Ashling Murphy went for a run along the Grand Canal near Tullamore, Co. Offaly. She was 23 years of age, and was beginning her career as a primary school teacher. She went jogging in the afternoon, in an area normally populated by walkers, runners, and dog-lovers. At 4pm Ashling was murdered.
Her violent killing sparked outrage across Ireland. Tens of thousands of people held vigils in the days following. Her murder gained international media coverage, and as disbelief turned to anger, people marched in the streets of both Ireland and England to protest against rising levels of gender-based violence.
One year on, where are we now?