The New IRA Admits Killing Journalist Lyra McKee

Northern Ireland police free 2 men held in reporter’s death

"Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested a 57-year-old woman under the Terrorism Act in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in Creggan in Derry", a PSNI spokesperson said.

Irish detectives investigating McKee's murder in Londonderry on April 18 arrested two teenagers, ages 18 and 19, on Saturday, according to a statement from local police.

The riot followed a pattern familiar to those who lived through the worst years of violence in Northern Ireland. The result was both tragic and familiar: the death of a young journalist, apparently hit by a stray bullet.

The appeal came after friends of the journalist protested by defacing an office belonging to a dissident republican group by putting red handprints on the walls of its headquarters in Londonderry.

The riot attracted a crowd of residents and journalists.

Tanaiste and Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney travelled to Northern Ireland to discuss the current impasse in Stormont in light of the death of activist and journalist Lyra McKee.

McKee's funeral is to be held Wednesday at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

In a statement to The Irish News, using a recognised codeword, the group offered "full and honest apologies" to the 29-year-old's family and friends. The unusual apology may be seen as a response to the overwhelming public condemnation of the shooting and the almost universal grief at McKee's death.

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The New IRA, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the US, was formed with the aim of uniting Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I believed that it was better to be dead than out and gay.

The 29-year-old freelance writer, Lyra McKee, died after shots were fired in Derry, or Londonderry, after police searches in one district of the city.

No. The IRA that spearheaded decades of violence in Northern Ireland known as "The Troubles" was extremely well organized and had some global political support as well as overseas connections that provided weapons and explosives.

The killing brought a torrent of condemnation, including from politicians across the spectrum.

The IRA no longer functions as an armed movement, but some small dissident groups have not put down their arms.

The group called a final ceasefire in 1997 and announced an end to its armed campaign in 2005, stating that it would seek to achieve its aims through peaceful political means.

Police have praised the public's response to the killing and have said they are looking at ways to protect potential witnesses. This year alone, the New IRA has claimed responsibility for a vehicle bomb in Derry in January and a spate of letter bombs that were sent to British targets in March.

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