Posted on 05.12.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
The death of journalist Lyra McKee must be a turning point for Northern Ireland, a priest told yesterday at the funeral service attended by British and Irish leaders alongside mourners in superhero T-shirt and colourful Harry Potter services.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Ireland President, Michael D.Higgins were among hundreds of people celebrating the life of McKee, who was shot killed by paramilitary gunfire last week.
She was the first journalist killed on the job in the UK for almost 20 years and her death caused wider shock in a region still shaken by tremors from decades of violence. McKee, 29, was killed on Thursday as she covered anti-police rioting in the city of Londonderry. A small Irish nationalist group, the New IRA, took the responsibility of her killing.
The group acknowledged responsibility for McKee’s death, saying she was shot accidentally while standing beside enemy forces. The police apprehended two teenagers and a 57-year-old woman but released all of them without charges.
The security forces have warned that political drift in Northern Ireland and uncertainty around Brexit could embolden those bent on violence. North Ireland’s power sharing government has been suspended for two years because of a dispute between the main Protestant and Catholic political parties.