A mural has been unveiled in Dublin to remember women who have lost their lives to femicide in Ireland.
It comes after Gardaí in Cork renewed an appeal for information connected to the murder of Bruna Fonseca, who was killed in her home on New Year’s Day.
In Lurgan, County Armagh, police are still hunting the killer of Natalie McNally who was found murdered in her home before Christmas. The 32-year-old was 15-weeks pregnant when she was stabbed to death. Police have issued CCTV footage of the man they believe murdered Natalie.
On Thursday of last week Northern Ireland’s First Minister-designate Michelle O’Neill organized a vigil at Stormont in memory of Natalie and other women who had died violently, including Bruna Fonseca.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness said he believed that Natalie knew her killer.
“I don’t believe that Natalie’s door was locked,” he said. “I believe the killer entered her home as soon as he walked up to her door.
“I am keen to build up a picture of Natalie’s relationships, her friends and lifestyle, so I would like to hear from any friends or acquaintances who have visited her in her home.”
He added: “The deaths of Natalie and her unborn baby have left unimaginable heartache and pain to her family, whose hearts are broken. We remain determined to bring her killer to justice.”
The family of Ms. Fonseca have set up a GoFundMe page to bring her body back to her native Brazil. 29-year-old Miller Pacheco from Liberty Street has appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court where he was charged with the 28-year-old’s murder.
Meanwhile, the family of primary school teacher Ashling Murphy, who was murdered while jogging on the banks of the canal at Tullamore in County Offaly in January of last year, have said that they are overwhelmed with the launch of a fund set up in her memory.
In a statement the family said: “The Ashling Murphy Memorial Fund has been officially established through the charities regulator to honour the strong legacy left by Ashling.
“On behalf of the Murphy family, we would like to thank the many individuals, groups and organisations that have already given so freely of their time and generosity to commemorate Ashling in various ways throughout this difficult time.”