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Lyra McKee didn’t die in the cause of Irish ‘freedom’. She was Irish freedom | Susan McKay

How dare dissident republicans claim to ‘respect’ the writer. They have silenced a woman who told the stories of their forgotten victims
‘Lyra McKee was the sort who would have stood up to the old bigots who are still sending the young out to fight their battles for them.’ Photograph: Jess Lowe

“Derry tonight. Absolute madness.” That was as she stood beside a police Land Rover watching young boys in masks that smashed and flared on to the streets of the city she loved. Then, out of the shadows, a gunman emerged, knelt down and started shooting. Lyra, who had stayed to witness events rather than go home and write about them, was hit. Police got her into a Land Rover and the driver bravely plunged it through a burning barricade to

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