The mayor of Drogheda has written to his counterpart in Melbourne to thank the city for its show of support following the death of Jill Meagher.
In a letter dated October 16, Mayor Paul Bell write to Lord Mayor Robert to offer his “sincerest gratitude to you for your support, prayers and condolences on response to the death in tragic circumstances of our beloved citizen, Jill Meagher”.
Cllr Bell said the episode had united the Irish town with the Victorian capital.
“If there is a glimmer of hope for those of us who mourn the loss of Jill, it is in her death as in her life, she has managed to unite the citizens of Drogheda and hinterland and Melbourne many thousands of miles away, together in a determination that her death by such a hideous act has no place in a democratic civilised society,” he wrote.
He asked that the city continue to show its support to “all those who both mourn the loss of Jill and seek justice for her”.
Cllr Doyle has described it as an “absolutely lovely letter”, the Herald Sun reports.
“I was delighted that the mayor wrote and said that the support of the City of Melbourne has been well noted in Ireland and by Irish citizens in Australia,” he said.
Friends and former schoolmates of Ms Meagher are planning a kilometre walk from the gates of her old school in Drogheda on October 21.
Ms Meagher, 29, vanished after a night out with colleagues from ABC on September 22. Her body was found in a shallow grave almost a week later.
Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, has been charged with her rape and murder.