NUJ members remember Lyra McKee on the anniversary of her death

  • 18 Apr 2022

NUJ's Belfast and District branch unveiled a new banner to mark the third anniversary of journalist Lyra McKee's death.

On 18 April, friends and colleagues gathered on the steps of St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast at 11am, to hold a vigil celebrating the 29-year-old’s life and legacy. Members of Lyra’s branch will unveil a banner in memory of their murdered colleague.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Lyra’s loss continues to be felt deeply across the NUJ, and our thoughts are with her partner and family at this difficult time. Whilst Lyra’s life and career was cruelly cut short, her legacy lives on.

"Lyra’s spirit and passion for journalism inspires our collective campaigning to thwart those who seek to undermine the vital function that journalism plays in our society, and through our commitment to ensure that journalists are able to go about their work safely, free from attack, intimidation and harassment."

 Séamus Dooley, assistant general secretary, said:

"Today we remember Lyra and salute her contribution to journalism. Our thoughts are with her partner, family and colleagues who continue to mourn her needless loss. The fact that no one has been convicted of Lyra’s death is a source of sorrow and deep regret.

"In Northern Ireland journalists continue to experience threats and operate in difficult circumstances. Lyra would be gravely concerned at the threats to the peace process and the undermining of the institutions set up under the Good Friday agreement.  We miss her clear, determined voice and her eloquent commentary on current affairs."


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