I was saddened and angered this morning to wake to the news of the very tragic and unneccesary death of Lyra McKee, 29, during the riots in Londonderry last night.
Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Lyra. As far as the SBT has gathered, Lyra was an extremely passionate and dedicated journalist who was very highly respected in her field and has been described as a “rising star of investigative journalism”.
The PSNI have said that the murder was carried out by a gunman, most probably a member of the dissident group the New IRA, who fired shots at the Police at around 2300hrs last night injuring Lyra. Police took her to Altnagelvin Hospital where she sadly died. Police described the murder as ‘shocking and senseless’.
The murder comes on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the 102 anniversary of the Easter Rising. Questions are being asked, yet again, what it will take to establish peace in Northern Ireland.
What will it take to stop the violence in Northern Ireland? Why haven’t the lessons of the past 50 years not been learned? How many more innocent people have to die before peace can be finally realised?
It would be very easy for me to jump onto my soapbox and scream and shout about recent events but it will not do anything to improve the situation. All I will say to ALL parties involved, a line now has to be drawn and the past needs to stay in the past. Only then can forward steps be taken.
RIP Lyra McKee.
To read more on the events of last night please follow this link.