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Lyra McKee family voice disgust over Easter Rising parade on murder anniversary

Lyra McKee family voice disgust over Easter Rising parade on murder anniversary
Ms McKee was killed during rioting in Derry on April 18, 2019.

The family of murdered journalist Lyra McKee have voiced disgust that a republican Easter parade linked with dissidents went ahead on the anniversary of her murder.

Ms McKee, a journalist, died after being struck by a bullet during rioting in the Creggan area of Londonderry on April 18, 2019.

Vigils took place in her memory in Belfast and Derry on Monday.

An extremist group styling itself the New IRA has previously claimed it was responsible for killing the journalist and author.

Saoradh Colour Party marches from Free Derry corner to the City Cemetery in Londonderry (Liam McBurney/PA)
Saoradh Colour Party marches from Free Derry corner to the City Cemetery in Londonderry (Liam McBurney/PA)

A republican parade to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising also took place in Derry on Monday. It was connected to the group Saoradh which is accused of having links with the New IRA.

The Parades Commission had ruled that no paramilitary style clothing be worn in the procession.

Ms McKee’s sister Nichola Corner questioned why the event could not have been held on a different day, pointing out the date of Easter changes every year.

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)
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)

“When we objected to this parade taking place, it was on the grounds of the date alone, not on the grounds of marching,” she told the PA news agency.

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

“It is insulting to go forth on Lyra’s anniversary, to do a parade of this nature honouring other dead. It’s in really bad taste.”

Ms McKee’s partner Sara Canning added: “We’re here to honour someone we loved, and they’re there to honour people who died 106 years ago. That’s my personal take on it and why I think it’s in such bad taste.”