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Coveney in Belfast for meetings over ongoing Stormont stalemate

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney

By Our Political Staff

Simon Coveney yesterday met with political representatives in Belfast following the death of Lyra McKee.

The Tanaiste travelled to Northern Ireland to discuss the current impasse in Stormont in light of last Thursday's murder.

Ms McKee (29) was fatally shot during unrest in Derry.

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill was seen entering an Irish Government residence in Belfast for the meeting yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Alliance Party said: "Simon Coveney and Naomi Long have had a phone call this morning and will be speaking again later today. We are aware the Tanaiste is travelling to Belfast for a series of private meetings."

The death of Ms McKee has caused widespread outrage among political and community leaders and sparked SDLP leader Colum Eastwood to call for talks between the parties to restore power=sharing at Stormont.

"There is an unmistakable public desire that the tragic and terrible loss of Lyra McKee marks a turning point for our peace and political process," Mr Eastwood's said.

"I am therefore writing to all party leaders and to the two governments to urge that talks are convened this week in order to finally restore government in Northern Ireland."

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