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Silent walk planned for Galway city today in memory of Ashling Murphy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A silent walk in memory of Ashling Murphy will take place from Eyre Square to Spanish Arch this afternoon.

The event, organised by NUI Galway Students’ Union, will take place at 4pm and people are invited to bring along lights or flowers.

Dozens of events have already taken place in Galway and across the country to remember the 23-year-old school teacher who was out for a run in Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Wednesday afternoon when she was killed.

Later today at 6pm, Craobh Chuain Castleblakeney Caltra Comhaltas branch will hold a vigil at the grotto in Castleblakeney village.

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10,414 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement for the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,605* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In addition, on Tuesday 25 January, 4,809** people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.

There has been a total of 6,136 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 49 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).

As of 8am today, 739 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 74 are in ICU.

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Galway TD critical of Government inaction on violence against women over past 20 years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has sharply criticised the Government in the Dáil over its ongoing failure to take meaningful action to tackle violence against women over the past two decades

Deputy Catherine Connolly noted that the death of Ashling Murphy has been described as a “watershed” moment by many, that has shone a spotlight on the issue.

However, she said countless spotlights have been shone on the issue over the past two decades, yet very little effective actions have been taken.

She cited a Government-commissioned report issued in 1997 that outlined the need for greater supports for women, as well as programmes for violent men that tackle their behavior.

Deputy Connolly argued we’ve known the exact scale of the problem for the past 25 years – yet the Government has done very little to address it.

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NUIG Student Union highlights availability of safety and door alarms

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The Student Union at NUI Galway has moved to highlight the availability of various safety alarms and door alarms for purchase at its shop.

The union is creating awareness of safety measures in light of the tragic death of Aisling Murphy in Tullamore.

It comes as hospitality has fully reopened with greater numbers of students socialising at night.

Vice President Cora Clarke says the alarms are available at no major cost and may make many feel safer.

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