Filling political vacuums, more talks at Stormont and calls for security crack-downs are all well and good but the most fitting tribute to the late Lyra McKee would be finally dealing with the underlying causes of her death, suggests
The so-called New IRA which admitted killing journalist and activist Lyra McKee during a night of riots in Derry’s Creggan estate may have announced its formation in July 2012, but its origins stretch back five years earlier, writes
Several years ago, I used to hear this familiar word being used in a foreign sense. The people in my vicinity would take this well-known word to describe others who were acting in a high-brow way, but in a high-brow moral way. The word sounded complimentary to me, but it was clear they were using it in a disparaging tone.
Tragically, the murder of young journalist and LGBT activist Lyra McKee may yet prove to be a watershed. It underlines the fragility of peace and the urgency for politicians on all sides to seize the initiative from those who have nothing to offer but despair and division.
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."
A priest from the Creggan area in Derry who comforted the partner and family of murdered journalist Lyra McKee in Altnagelvin Hospital on the night she was shot has told of his concern at attempts to use young people “to bring violence back to the streets.”
In a callous and reckless act of indiscriminate violence, the New IRA murdered Lyra McKee. Their victim was a respected and courageous journalist, whose untimely death, at the age of 29, is a huge personal loss to her family and friends, and to her journalistic colleagues.