A man has been arrested in connection with the suspected murder of the young woman in County Offaly, and is to face further questioning.

ms murphy was jogging along the canal bank at cappincur at around 4pm.

"at this stage there is no information that the victim and her killer were known to each other.

"From our enquiries we have carried out, we believe this crime was committed by one male who acted alone."

He said that a 40-year-old man has been arrested and is being detained at Tullamore Garda Station, and that officers retain an "open mind" in the investigation.

Declan Harvey, Fianna Fail councillor for the area, said : "I want to extend my sympathies to Ashling's father, mother and all her extended family.

"Tullamore is probably the safest place in the world, and after yesterday people will be nervous to go down to the canal," he added.

Ms Murphy (pictured left and right) died after being attacked while she was jogging along the canal bank at Cappincur, known as Fiona's Way, at around 4pm on Wednesday. The route is named in memory of missing woman Fiona Pender

"It's a lovely area and helps clear your head.

It's a very popular route that everyone takes.

People walk their dogs, people with their kids and prams."

Justice Minister Helen McEntee tweeted : "My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, with her friends and with her community.

Superintendent Eamonn Curley (left) near to the scene in Tullamore, Co Offaly, after a young woman, who has been named locally as Ashling Murphy, was killed on Wednesday evening

Gardai are appealing for information, and asked anyone who was in the Cappincur walk area of Tullamore before 4pm on Wednesday to make contact with them.

Ashling Murphy, a 22-year-old primary school teacher in Tullamore, was killed on Wednesday afternoon along the banks of the Grand Canal.

'ashling was a schoolteacher in durrow national school.

Police investigating the murder have said 'no stone will be left unturned' in bringing her killer to justice.

Superintendent Eamonn Curley speaks to the media near to the scene in Tullamore, Co Offaly

"our prayers are with ashling's family at this time and indeed the wider community, her teaching colleagues and the children she taught who are without their teacher today.

'Please, anyone with information, come forward to An Garda Siochana.

We must all act to end violence against women.

'This area here, where the crime occurred, is popular among Tullamore residents and is widely used for recreational purposes,' Superintendent Eamonn Curley told reporters on Thursday.

Pictured: A map showing where Ms Murphy's body was found along the Grand Canal way, also known as Fiona's Way. The route is named in memory of missing woman Fiona Pender, of whom there is a monument to in Tullamore

"Immediately following the discovery of this crime, a full-scale murder investigation was launched."

"I am devastated.

I couldn't sleep last night thinking of it all because it is a place I go all the time.

"she went there jogging, she does it regularly.

Pictured: Flowers are left at a Garda checkpoint in Tullamore after a young woman, who has been named locally as Ashling Murphy, was killed in Co Offaly. She died after being attacked while she was jogging along the canal bank at Cappincur at around 4pm o

Mr Harvey said it is a route that he and his family often walk.

the gardai will investigate this awful crime and ensure justice is done."

further education minister simon harris said :' a young woman, simply out for a run in the afternoon and brutally killed.

"Thinking of her and her family and community tonight and their unimaginable pain.

The Office of the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been notified, and an incident room has been set up at Tullamore Garda Station.

Minister of State Josepha Madigan for Special Education and Inclusion said :' A young woman can't even go for a run along a canal pathway- at four o'clock, in the middle of the day- only to be attacked and murdered.

we need to urgently address why we live in a country where this can happen."

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