The murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee by the New IRA while she was observing a riot in Derry last week has left Northern Ireland distraught that such violence could still occur in the post-Troubles era. An unnerving question is being asked with increasing urgency – why would anyone from the post-ceasefire generation, with no memory of the Troubles, actively seek to re-enact or return to the conflict? The Good Friday Agreement, signed 21 years ago in 1998, heralded the birth of a new generation. McKee dubbed them the “ceasefire babies” in a 2016 article for the Atlantic. Unlike their parents and grandparents, who knew all too well the agonised calls to family and friends after hearing media reports of atrocities, the dreaded door knocks from policemen and the sullen marches behind coffins of loved ones, the new generation were “too young to remember the worst of the terror because we were either in nappies or just out of them when the … [Read more...] about In Northern Ireland, the New IRA is gaining a foothold with younger generations
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The murder of journalist Lyra McKee and a spate of recent incidents of violence attributed to the ‘New IRA’, have sparked fresh worries about social unrest in Northern Ireland — but how great is the threat, and is Brexit to blame? The dissident republican group calling itself the ‘New IRA’ has admitted responsibility for the killing of McKee last week during riots with police forces in the border city of Derry. The group was also blamed for a car bomb attack outside a Derry courthouse in January and six nights of rioting in the city last summer, the worst violence the region had seen in years. Many have suggested that Brexit tensions are to blame for the recent uptick in violence, but that reasoning is “too simplistic,” Irish journalist Danielle Ryan said. While Brexit has acted as somewhat of a “catalyst” for the recent unrest, “the tense political and social situation in the north far precedes Brexit — and the … [Read more...] about Is Brexit to blame for the uptick in Northern Ireland violence, and what is the ‘New IRA’?
The killing of a young journalist, Lyra McKee, in the city of Londonderry, also known as Derry, has raised the spectre of a return to violence in Northern Ireland. The 29-year-old was shot dead, probably by a stray bullet, during a riot on Thursday evening in Creggan, an area on the outskirts of the city, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said. She had been standing near a police van when a gunman opened fire. The riot broke out after security forces raided the area in search of firearms ahead of Easter weekend, when Republicans opposed to the British presence in Northern Ireland commemorate the 1916 Easter uprising against British rule. A crowd of about 100 people, including journalists, had gathered at the scene, where young people had been throwing petrol bombs at police and set two vehicles on fire. PSNI opened an investigation into the killing and said dissident republicans calling themselves "the New IRA" were likely to be responsible. The group rejects the 1998 Good … [Read more...] about Killing of journalist in Northern Ireland ‘unfathomable’
The police reported that the woman lost her life at the hand of a violent dissident republican. ACC Mark Hamilton says ‘our thoughts are very much with the family & friends of Lyra McKee’. He says her murder ‘demonstrates all too starkly when terrorists bring violence & guns into the community members of the public are placed in severe danger’. pic.twitter.com/qwUTUTFeTy — PSNI DC&S District (@PSNIDCSDistrict) 19 апреля 2019 г. According to Irish News, McKee collaborated with Atlantic magazine and BuzzFeed portal. Other media reports said that she was also an editor of the Mediagazer news site in Belfast and a rising star in investigative journalism. Hamilton noted that the Irish Republican Army (New IRA), a local republican revolutionary paramilitary organization, is most likely to be responsible for the attack. The Twitter … [Read more...] about Journalist Killed in Northern Ireland ‘Terror Incident’
(CNN)Lyra McKee, the young investigative journalist killed Thursday during violence in Northern Ireland, had been widely viewed as a rising star within the industry. McKee's reporting and writing, inextricably linked to the tense and volatile period of history in which she grew up, had led to international recognition and a high-profile book deal. "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about," Forbes magazine wrote in 2016, naming the journalist as one of the "30 Under 30" talents to watch in the media. Laura Hassan, editorial director at Faber & Faber, said McKee had a "knack of engaging the head and the heart" when announcing the publisher's two-book deal with the writer. "I think Lyra McKee has a long and prestigious writing career ahead of her," Hassan added at the time. 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Northern Ireland violence McKee, who was 29, dedicated herself to journalism aged 14, starting a newspaper while still at school … [Read more...] about Lyra McKee, killed in Northern Ireland, remembered as ‘inspiring’ journalist