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Laois Book of Condolences opened for murdered teacher Aishling Murphy as Portlaoise vigil to be held today

Ashling Murphy

A Book of Condolences has been opened in Laois County Council and a vigil will be held in Portlaoise today for Aishling Murphy, the 23-year-old Offaly primary school teacher who was murdered in Tullamore on Wednesday when she was out for a run.

A Book of Condolences is open in County Hall in Portlaoise from 11am today (Friday) while a vigil is being held in the Memorial Park on the Ridge Road in Portlaoise today at 4.30pm.

“I wish to express our sincerest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and pupils of the late Ashling Murphy, following the devastating circumstances of her death in Tullamore,” said Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Conor Bergin.

“I wish to advise that a Book of Condolences will be opened in County Hall in Portlaoise from 11am tomorrow, Friday 14th January for all members of the public who may wish to sign it.

“COVID-19 precautions (mask-wearing and social distancing) will apply in the premises and vicinity of Áras an Chontae.

“The entire country is shocked and saddened by this truly horrifying crime.

“On behalf of Laois County Council and the wider community in County Laois, I wish to express our abhorrence and sadness at this horrifying act of violence against a young woman, an.

“We express our solidarity with her family, extended circle of friends and pupils at this difficult time.”

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