Lyra McKee funeral attended by political leaders from across political divides

The New IRA Admits Killing Journalist Lyra McKee

New IRA claims responsibility for North Ireland Journalist Lyra McKee's death

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Police in Northern Ireland on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 57-year-old woman in connection with the shooting death of journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry last week.

In this file photo taken on April 20, 2019 A pedestrian walks past graffiti that has been amended to read "IRA are done" in the Creggan area of Derry (Londonderry) in Northern Ireland on April 20, 2019 close by the scene where a journalist was fatally shot amid rioting on April 18.

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with Miss McKee's partner Sara Canning and the rest of her family, including her mother Joan McKee, at th funeral. Same-sex marriage is outlawed in Northern Ireland.

The funeral mass of Ms McKee will be held at St Anne's Cathedral in her native Belfast on Wednesday.

McKee was remembered as a "talented and fearless young woman" who broke down barriers.

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President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn are among the hundreds of mourners at the service taking place in St Anne's Cathedral.

"Lyra's McKee's name will never be forgotten in this town", Ms Quinn added.

"One where labels are meaningless".

"Our hopes and dreams and all of her incredible potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act. This is Lyra's legacy that we must carry forward", she said.

"This is the gift that God gave the world on the 31st of March 1990". One where every single person is valued. Among the congregation, a Belfast-born nun who travelled from Dublin for the service wore a rainbow scarf around her neck. "It was an agreement to respect each others' differences and work together to create a better future, for ourselves and future generations", the spokesperson said. "They can't do that while they're not in parliament working together", he said.

He said that McKee "was a child of the Good Friday Agreement", referring to the peace process in 1998.

"We have two choices, we can look into the holes and wait forever... or we can fill those holes today".

'Our handsome Lyra was taken from us, ' the statement read.

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The 1998 peace agreement ended almost three decades of "The Troubles" - hostilities between mainly Protestant supporters of continued British rule of the province and mainly Catholic proponents of unification with the Irish Republic.

Fr Magill said he "dares to hope" that the tragedy can be "the doorway to a new beginning". "I detect a deep desire for this".

Vigil: RTÉ reporter Juliette Gash and other members of the media attend an eve-of-funeral vigil for murdered journalist Lyra McKee in Parnell Square East yesterday.

In the statement, released by Kinnear & Co solicitors, the family said: "On Thursday 18th April our handsome Lyra was taken from us".

The aim of the peace deal was to help bring to an end a period of conflict known as The Troubles.

He called on political leaders to break the Stormont negotiations impasse. "I'm sorry she didn't get to reap the benefits", the nun, who declined to be named, said.

It then added: 'A friend to all, a gentle innocent soul who wouldn't wish ill on anyone.

The New IRA, a dissident republican group, admitted responsibility in a statement to The Irish News.

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Police believe the Londonderry violence was orchestrated in response to an earlier raid on dissident republicans.

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