Concerns arise as the Brexit debate rages in Britain, there are worries that a no-deal Brexit would threaten Northern Irelands fragile peace.
Pro-independence forces in Ireland attended the funeral of murdered Journalist Lyra Mckee, and stated clearly that her killing was ‘not in our name’.
The journalist Lyra Mckee was killed on the 18th of April, in Creggan, Derry. She was covering clashes between the police and a working class Republican community. It is believed that she was killed by a stray bullet intended for the police forces. A dissident republican group known as the ‘New IRA’ has claimed responsibility, they say the killing was an accident.
However, the group responsible have been condemned by the mainstream pro-independence forces such as Sinn Fein, formerly the political wing of the Provisional IRA that signed the Good Friday peace agreements. Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou Mcdonald attended the funeral on wednesday alongside the leaders of Ireland’s major parties, to pay respect to the fallen journalist.
Furthermore, in Republican communities, graffitti is emerging that reads ‘Not In My Name’. On the iconic Free Derry mural in Northern Ireland, symbolic of the pro-indpendence community, graffitti was added that read ‘Not In My Name, RIP Lyra’.
Concerns arise as the Brexit debate rages in Britain, there are worries that a no-deal Brexit would necessitate the return of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and the British occupied north. This would be a violation of the good friday peace agreements and threaten the fragile peace in Ireland.
The Irish Times reported that at the funeral on wednesday, Father Martin Magill “expressed the hope that her death will not have been in vain and could even contribute to the building of peace.”