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‘What do I say when my teenage daughter asks can she go for a run alone?’


by Amy Lynch
17th Jan 2022

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As we reel from the murder of Ashling Murphy last week, Amy Lynch wonders how she can protect her eldest daughter, a First Year student who is starting to spread her wings. Should we let our daughters take the bus all the way into town? Or go for a run alone? We know that this violence is not about the behaviour of women, but it doesn't make it any easier to know what is the right thing to do.

My eldest child is starting to spread her wings, her independence blossoming. She’s now in secondary school, is learning to take the bus by herself, and is spending more time with friends. But as we reel from the shocking and saddening news that 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy was violently murdered, I look at my daughter and ask myself: how can I protect her in this crazy world? An internal fight rages on as I kiss her goodnight. She’s...

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