UPDATED: Second person arrested in Ireland in Ashling Murphy murder investigation

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Police investigating the murder of Ashling Murphy have arrested a second man for questioning in relation to potential withholding of information.

Gardai say the man, in his 30s, has been detained in the eastern part of Ireland and it follows the arrest on Tuesday of another man on Tuesday in connection with the school teacher’s murder.

Ms Murphy, 23, was found dead after going for a run on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, County Offaly, at around 4pm on Wednesday 12 January.

Murphy’s death has shocked the nation and led to vigils attended by tens of thousands of people in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and New York over the weekend.

It has reignited the debate about safety of women as they go about their everyday business.

At her funeral on Tuesday, the Bishop of Meath, Thomas Deenihan, told mourners “a depraved act of violence” that deprived Murphy of her life had united the country in grief and support and said her killing had asked questions of “ourselves and of society”, as well as questioning attitudes towards women.

“Whether those questions will be addressed or passed over remains to be seen but we cannot allow such violence and disregard for both human life and bodily integrity to take root in our time and culture,” he said.

Bishop Deenihan said one light in last week’s darkness was the outpouring of support and sympathy.

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