This week, the nation remains in mourning following the murder of Ashling Murphy. Organised by UCD Students’ Union in collaboration with UCD staff, a silent vigil (link to further information) will be held on Thursday 17th January at 5:00PM outside O’Reilly Hall on Belfield Campus for any student or staff member of our academic community who wishes to stand in solidarity against bullying, harassment, sexual violence and gender-based violence.
Niamh Scully, UCDSU's Gender Equality Campaign Co-ordinator said: “'In light of the tragic killing of Ashling Murphy we at UCDSU are holding a vigil in memory of her and all other victims of gender based violence. Everyone is welcome and can bring any tokens they would like to and there will also be a chance to give a few words. We are a strong community and we join together in solidarity with all victims of gender based violence.”
Dignity and Respect Advisers, Student Advisers and UCD SU volunteers will be available should anyone need support during the vigil. Live music will also feature. We will be providing tealight candles and the vigil will be socially distanced with masks (which we ask that all attendees wear). It's our hope that the UCD community can come together around this pervasive issue and create a safe place for students to grieve.