STATEMENT: “Men must change their behaviour to end the culture of violence against women in Ireland”

“Men must change their behaviour to end the culture of violence against women in Ireland” – Green Party Justice Spokesperson

As the nation comes together in vigil to mourn Ashling Murphy who was viciously murdered this week, Green Party Justice Spokesperson Patrick Costello TD has called for the men of Ireland to take the lead in turning the tide of violence against women in Ireland.

Deputy Costello stated “it is unacceptable that women cannot go out in their communities without being fearful for their safety. As we come together today in vigil, we as the men of Ireland need to reflect on our own behaviour and to make the necessary changes in our lives to put an end to mysogyny and violence against women in Ireland”.

He continued: “The Green Party will work with our Government partners to ensure that there is political leadership focused on preventing men’s violence against women by supporting the GardaĆ­ to pursue a zero tolerance approach against perpetrators and by calling out mysogyny and the casual sexism which is pervasive in Irish society. Politicians must also take time for self reflection about our own actions”.

The violent murder of Ashling Murphy must also be considered in the context of the 244 cases of femicide recorded in Ireland by Women’s Aid between 1996 to 2022. Men must take responsibility for changing their behaviour to keep women safe.

Deputy Costello also reiterated the call for the public in the Tullamore area who may have been near the scene of Ashling’s murder on the Grand Canal Way on Wednesday 12th January 2022 between 3pm and 5pm to please contact Tullamore Garda Station on 0579327600 or any Garda Station, or if you wish the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111.

May Ashling Murphy rest in peace, and our thought are with her family, her friends and her whole community.