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Lyra McKee vigil in Dublin organised by trade union attended by hundreds

The 29-year-old journalist was fatally shot in Londonderry on Thursday during a riot in the Creggan area of the city.

The vigil was emotional for many in attendance (Niall Carson/PA)
The vigil was emotional for many in attendance (Niall Carson/PA)

Hundreds of people turned out to Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance for a vigil organised by a leading union to celebrate the life of a journalist killed last week.

Lyra McKee, 29, was fatally shot in Londonderry on Thursday during a riot in the Creggan area of the city.

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The NUJ organised the vigil (Niall Carson/PA)

A group calling itself the New IRA, linked to dissident republican activity, claimed responsibility for Ms McKee’s death on Tuesday.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) organised the vigil, which saw hundreds of Ms McKee’s NUJ colleagues celebrate the life of the activist, and hear music by the Dublin Gay and Lesbian choir, Gloria.

Dr Grainne Healy, co-director of the Yes Equality Campaign read Ms McKee’s “Letter to my 14-year-old self”.

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The LGBTQIA community was well represented (Niall Carson/PA)

Exerpts from Ms McKee’s many other works were read aloud as crowds stood in silence with Pride flags and left flowers and candles around pictures of Ms McKee.

The vigil was concluded by a minute of applause.

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People listen to speeches during the vigil before breaking out into applause instead of holding a minute’s silence (Niall Carson/PA)

An NUJ statement read: “Lyra’s murder on Thursday night is a devastating blow to her partner and family, and to her many friends and colleagues throughout the NUJ. We keep in our thoughts Lyra’s partner Sara, her mother Joan, sisters Nichola, Mary, Joan and her brothers Gary and David.

“The union is encouraging every NUJ member to take part in a symbolic action of solidarity.”

Books of condolences will also be available at the receptions in Headland House, the NUJ’s London headquarters, and also in Dublin.

The NUJ has been supporting friends of Lyra who set up a GoFundMe account, as a practical act of solidarity to cover funeral expenses and to establish a legacy to mark Lyra’s contribution to journalism. You can donate to the fund online at https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-lyra-mckee

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