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Lyra remembered in Stormont ceremony

29 April 2019

At a wreath-laying ceremony to mark Workers’ Memorial Day trade unionists stood in tribute to murdered journalist Lyra McKee, in the grounds of Stormont.

The victim of the shooting in Derry at Easter was recalled as “a journalist’s journalist” by Gerry Carson, chair of the NUJ’s Irish Executive Council, who paid tribute to Lyra’s dedication and commitment to her profession.

Organised by the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the annual event marked the annual commemoration of those killed or injured during their work. Gerry said:

 “Democracy dies in darkness.That’s the strapline which the Washington Post carries proudly on its website and on its front page. However, when darkness threatens, its takes but one small candle to shine its light and point to a hope for much more brightness. That darkness fell swiftly just 10 days ago when a light which shone ever so clearly, was extinguished by the bullets fired by a criminal with death in his intent.

“Lyra Mc Kee, our journalist friend and colleague, so strong in her membership of the National Union of Journalists, a rising star of news and literature, a prize winner with prospects of a glittering career, cut down in the name of freedom, by the assailants who sent youth into cowardly action, will live on in the memories of those who held her dear.

“Darkness did indeed descend on the Creggan district of Derry that evening, a community which had long thought that the mayhem of the all too recent past was fading into history.”

He said Lyra was simply doing her job and that her death must not be in vain.

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