'The most powerful 80 seconds you'll ever watch': Fr Magill challenges politicians at Lyra's funeral

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald during Fr Martin Magill's address at Lyra McKee's funeral in Belfast today. Picture: Sky News

Parish Priest at St John's Parish, Belfast, Father Martin J Magill commended "the unification of our political leaders, for standing together in Creggan, on Good Friday" at Lyra McKee's funeral in Belfast today.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and DUP leader Arlene Foster were in attendance.

Fr Magill continued: "I am, however, left with a question: Why, in God's name, does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman, with her whole life in front of her, to get to this point?"

The moment inspired a standing ovation from those attending Lyra's funeral, and twitter was quick to react.

Twitter user Shane called it the 'most powerful eighty seconds you will ever watch':

UTV broadcaster Frank Mitchell said Fr Martin Magill made "the most telling address this part of the world has possibly ever heard":

Another wrote that the speech made them emotional, calling it powerful and necessary:

Twitter user, Matthew, said 'Whilst the funeral of Lyra McKee should never have taken place, I truly believe this is a turning point for Northern Ireland. The words of Fr Martin have resonated with those in Northern Ireland who say #NotInOurName and it was poignant to see so many celebrate her life.

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