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Created by John Eipper on 04/20/19 2:16 PM

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Murder of Journalist Lyra McKee and the "New IRA" (John Heelan, UK, 04/20/19 2:16 pm)

The murder of the 29-year-old journalist, Lyra McKee, marks the end of the Good Friday Peace Agreement of 21 years ago. Not only does the murder ("accidental" of course) raise the spectre of a new outburst of violence between splinter groups of the "New IRA," but also destroys any political argument that the DUP can advance to support avoiding a hard customs border between Eire and Northern Ireland as a result of Brexit.

The DUP (and SNP) have been instrumental in avoiding UK parliamentarians reaching an agreement on the way forward out of the current mess.

As usual, all political arguments and justifications disappear with the gun smoke, leaving only the pain.

JE comments:  So sad.  I hate to raise the obvious question--is there a connection between Brexit and the return of violence to Northern Ireland?  Coincidence is not causality, but...

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  • Lyra McKee Murder--and an Apology (John Heelan, UK 04/23/19 5:16 AM)
    Dissident republican group the New IRA has offered its "full and sincere apologies" after admitting it killed the journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry last week.

    Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead while covering riots in the city's Creggan district on Thursday night. The New IRA, which is opposed to the peace process, told the Irish News it offered its "full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death." Ms McKee was standing behind police lines when she was killed.

    Regarding the McKee murder, John E asked, "Is there a connection between Brexit and the return of violence to Northern Ireland?"

    I suspect not, other than providing a political platform for the "New IRA" splinter groups to remind people of the centenaries that will occur in the next few years, such as the creation of the Black and Tan militia (whose memory is still reviled in Southern Ireland, including by some members of my family), the Post Office battle and 30 years of "The Troubles," in which some 3000 of their countrymen and 763 soldiers protecting them died.

    JE comments:  In the subject line of his incoming e-mail, John Heelan described the apology as "vomit-worthy."  Few would disagree.  If the New IRA embraces violence as a political tactic, what is it apologizing for?  That they killed the "wrong" person?

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