Lyra McKee’s family express disgust at Easter parade linked to dissidents on anniversary of her murder

The family of slain journalist Lyra McKee has expressed disgust at a Republican Easter parade with dissidents on the anniversary of her assassination.

s McKee, a journalist, died after being hit by a bullet during riots in the Creggan area of ​​Londonderry on April 18, 2019.

Vigils were held in her memory in Belfast and Derry on Monday.

An extremist group calling itself the New IRA has previously claimed it was responsible for the murder of the journalist and author.


Lyra McKee’s sister Nichola Corner with her husband John Corner on Fanad Drive in Derry where journalist Lyra McKee was murdered to mark the third anniversary (Liam McBurney/PA)

A Republican parade was also held in Derry on Monday to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. She was linked to the Saoradh group, accused of having links with the New IRA.

The parade commission had decided that no paramilitary clothing could be worn during the procession.

Ms McKee’s sister Nichola Corner questioned why the event could not have taken place on a different day, noting that the date of Easter changes every year.

“When we protested this parade, it was purely because of the date, not because of the marching,” she told the PA news agency.

“If they had marched on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, we wouldn’t have cared.

“It’s insulting to go out on Lyra’s anniversary and have a parade of this sort honoring other dead people. It’s really tasteless.”

Ms McKee’s partner Sara Canning added: “We are here to honor someone we loved and they are here to honor people who died 106 years ago. That’s my personal take on it and why I think it’s so distasteful.” Lyra McKee’s family express disgust at Easter parade linked to dissidents on anniversary of her murder

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