Female students stick together after attack
Female students at Maynooth University expressed concern and anxiety about personal safety following the violent attack on Kym Owens (18) near her digs in the town on Sunday night.
"Students will be sticking together a bit more now, especially at night. I won't be walking around on my own at night. I won't be staying late at the college," second year Arts student Aoibhinn Daly from Celbridge said.
History and English student Laura Malone from Kilcullen, Co Kildare, said: "People are anxious and are staying in groups and won't be walking alone on winter evenings.
"On Facebook, students are trying to set up a buddy system to arrange to walk together if out at night. My mother has been asking me to check in with her by text when I get on the bus and get off the bus."
Business student Majella Ruddy from Dundalk, said: "This has me feeling on edge since it happened. A few of us were feeling on edge last night. It could happen to anyone."
Irish and English student Orla Sweeney (19), from Celbridge, said: "People have been on Facebook and have been texting each other about staying safe. The attacker is still unknown which adds to the anxiety. I'll be careful about not walking alone after dark."