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MEP Martina Anderson the chief speaker at the Newry Easter Commemoration on Easter Sunday at St Mary's Cemetery used the occasion to speak out about the recent killing of Lyra McKee in Derry.

“Let me take a moment to address what happened in Derry city in recent days with the brutal murder of a young woman and journalist, Lyra McKee.

The people who brought guns onto the street, and those who organised them do not represent any version of Irish republicanism.

Cllr Oksana McMahon, Vice Chairwoman, Newry, Mourne and Down Council and Martina Anderson, MEP at the Easter commemorations in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Cllr Oksana McMahon, Vice Chairwoman, Newry, Mourne and Down Council and Martina Anderson, MEP at the Easter commemorations in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

They have no politics, no strategy, and no popular support amongst the vast number of ordinary people from Derry, or anywhere else in our country.

These groups should disband and end their futile acts of violence.

We extend today our sympathies and condolences to Lyra McKee’s family and partner, her friends and her colleagues”.

Ms Anderson also spoke of huge challenges now being faced. “Today  we are facing the greatest change in Irish politics since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, not least because of the unwanted Brexit being foisted upon us.

"Brexit undermines our hard-won agreements, rights and prosperity of citizens.

"Sinn Féin have said that Brexit belongs to the British and if they wish to leave the EU good luck to them, but the Good Friday Agreement belongs to Ireland."

Speaking about planning for a united Ireland referendum the MEP added "Now is the time to look to the future and to begin to plan for a unity referendum in line with the Good Friday Agreement.

"Sinn Féin has been clear that in the event of a no-deal crash-out Brexit then the two governments have the responsibility to call referenda on Irish Unity under the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement, thus providing a route back into Europe for the whole of the island”

Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady who spent Easter in San Francisco where he was main speaker at the City’s Easter 1916 Commemoration also extended sympathies To The Family & Friends Of Lyra McKee and urged all people to reject those who seek to bring  death and destruction back onto the streets.

“It was with great horror and sadness that I learned of the killing of Lyra McKee on the streets of Derry.

"Ms McKee will be remembered as kind, caring and passionate journalist and advocate.

"Her contribution to society stands in marked contrast to those who brutally took her life

"On behalf of the people of this constituency  I extend our condolences to her grieving family and friends many of whom are from the Newry & Armagh area”.

Concluding Mr Braddy added "The murder of Lyra McKee was an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on the peace process and on the Good Friday Agreement.

"It is well past time for these groups to go, to end their actions and let the society get on with building a peaceful future."

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