Lyra McKee: Tributes paid to ‘journalist of courage, style and integrity’

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to journalist Lyra McKee who was shot dead during riots in Derry on Thursday night.

Mr Higgins described McKee (29) as a “woman of talent and commitment, who was shot exercising her profession”. He said her death will invoke “shock, outrage and great sadness”.

McKee, an author and journalist from Belfast, died in Altnagelvin hospital after being wounded in the Creggan area, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Both the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa  May condemned the killing.

Mr Varadkar said it strengthened the Government’s determination “not to allow those who want to propagate violence, fear and hate to drag us back to the past.”

He said: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to Lyra’s family, her partner Sara and her friends. Our solidarity also goes out to the people of Derry and to the entire journalism community.”

Mrs May said: “The death of Lyra McKee in last night’s suspected terrorist incident in Londonderry is shocking and truly senseless.

“My deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues. She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.”

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the killing was a reminder on the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that “the vast majority of people of this island voted overwhelmingly for peace and reconciliation and an end to violence. There can be no going back to those awful days.”

Mr Coveney said the news from Derry was “shocking and tragic. There is no justification for this tragic loss of life and I call on those intent on violence and disturbances to stop.”

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said he was “utterly shocked” by the killing.

“ Such a reckless regard for human life is horrendous. We don’t say it enough but journalists play a vital role in society, exposing themselves to danger so we can get a true insight into events,” Mr Flanagan maintained.

 

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