Saoradh chairman calls on New IRA to apologise for murder of Lyra McKee
The chairman of dissident republican group Saoradh has called on the New IRA to apologise for the murder of Lyra McKee.
Brian Kenna was speaking as Saoradh held its Easter Monday commemoration march in west Belfast.
Up to 200 members and supporters of Saoradh took part in the event.
A similar march to be held in Londonderry on Monday was called off following the murder of Ms McKee.
- Friends of Lyra McKee place red handprints at Saoradh HQ in Derry
- Martin Dillon: We need a Lyra McKee Law to penalise those who demonstrate or advocate for any organisation whose goal is to effect political change through violence
- Kathryn Johnston: We all knew that one day Lyra McKee would make international headlines but never could any of us have imagined that those headlines would tell how she was cut down in the line of duty to become the latest victim of the Troubles
Mr Kenna called for the New IRA to apologise for the murder during a speech he delivered at Milltown Cemetery.
"The death of Lyra McKee is difficult time for family and all republicans. The IRA needs to take responsibility and apologise," he said.
Ms McKee was killed during a night of rioting in the Creggan area on Thursday.
She was shot dead when a gunman opened fire on police.
Police have said that they believe dissident republican group the New IRA were behind the attack.
Saoradh is widely believed to be the political wing of the New IRA.
Two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of Ms McKee have been released without charge.
Ms McKee's funeral will take place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday at 1pm.
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