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Murder of Lyra McKee: the "New IRA" recognizes its responsibility

They advance, determined, one after the other. Without a word, with clenched lips, they press their hands soaked in red paint on the walls decorated with frescoes to the glory of the North Irish Republicans. The walls are those of the headquarters of Saoradh, a political group representing Republican dissidents of the "New IRA" (New IRA), which finally recognized this Tuesday be responsible for the death of Lyra McKee. Angry women with red impregnated hands are the friends of the young North Irish journalist. Monday night, they came to say that we "Do not kill someone by accident. If you put a gun in someone's hands and shoot, it's murder. " Just after the event, Saoradh had clumsily tried to explain that Lyra McKee's death was an unfortunate accident.

Lyra McKee, 29, was shot in the head as she was covering riots last Thursday in the Creggan neighborhood of Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The police had launched an operation to try to find weapons and drugs. She had been greeted by jets of molotov cocktails. Lyra McKee was behind an armored police vehicle when she was hit. Very quickly, the investigators had designated Republican dissidents as the probable culprits. A 57-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday in the morning. She is interviewed in Belfast as part of "Anti-terrorism law"said the police. Two teenagers aged 18 and 19 were arrested on Saturday but have since been released without charge.

"Deep and sincere apologies"

Tuesday, in a communique transmitted daily Irish News using a recognition code – a system reminiscent of the darkest years of the Northern Ireland conflict between 1968 and 1998 – the small group New IRA finally introduced "His deep and sincere apologies to the companion, family and friends" Lyra McKee. But did not forget to specify that "As part of an attack on the enemy, Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside the enemy forces", namely the British police. For Republican dissidents, the British government and its representatives are still occupying forces, enemies to their cause to reunify the island of Ireland.

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The New IRA was formed between 2011 and 2012 and brings together former splinter groups, such as the "Real IRA", all opposed to the 1998 peace agreement that ended the 30-year civil war, in which more than 3,600 people were killed. The murder of the young independent journalist was deeply shocking in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The police pointed out "The huge reaction" at his death and called the public to bring information about the crime. Significantly, the six main political parties in Northern Ireland issued a joint declaration. The murder of Lyra McKee "Is a futile and pointless act aimed at destroying the progress of the last twenty years, which has the overall support of all", they said. These six parties, Unionists (in favor of maintaining Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom) as well as Republicans (in favor, in the long term and in a peaceful way, of reunification with the Republic of Ireland), For the past two years, they have not come to an agreement to form a semi-autonomous government at the Stormont meeting. But on peace and its fragility, twenty-one years after the end of the conflict, they remain deeply united.

Lyra McKee's funeral will be held Wednesday at St. Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Sonia Delesalle-Stolper Correspondent in London



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