Michael Staines
Michael Staines

22.03 19 Apr 2019


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Police release CCTV footage of moments leading to Lyra McKee murder

Police in Northern Ireland have released CCTV footage of the riots at a Derry housing estate that led to the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

The 29-year-old was wounded after a single gunman opened fire in the residential area. She was taken to hospital and died a short time later.

Investigators believe more than one person was involved and are treating it as a terrorist incident. Officers think a group calling itself the New IRA may have been responsible.

In the video released this evening, Ms McKee can be seen standing beside an armoured police car and attempting to capture footage of the riots.

“Snuffed out by a single barbaric act” – Lyra McKee’s partner demands justice

The partner of a 29-year-old journalist who was shot dead during riots in Derry last night has said her legacy will “live on in the light that she has left behind.”

Vigils in memory of Lyra McKee are underway in Derry, Belfast and Dublin this afternoon.

Speaking at the vigil in Derry, Ms McKee’s partner Sara Canning said she had lost “the love of my life.”

"The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt and a great-aunt,” she said.

"It's left so many friends without their confidante, victims in the LGBTQIA society and community left without a tireless advocate and activist.

"It's left me without the love of my life; the woman I was planning to grow old with.

"We are all poorer for the loss of Lyra.

Gardaí defend response speed after two ATMs stolen in County Meath

Gardaí have insisted they responded immediately after they were alerted to the robbery of two ATM machines in County Meath overnight.

A stolen digger was used to rip the machines from Bank of Ireland and AIB on the main street in Kells in the early hours of this morning.

Two ATMs were also stolen in County Antrim.

Homemade spikes were laid outside Kells Garda Station and a tractor and trailer were used to block access to the banks.

However, Gardaí said they acted immediately when they were alerted at 4:20am – and have insisted the spikes did not affect their response time.

Extinction Rebellion protesters block O’Connell Bridge

Hundreds of demonstrators have begun a sit-down protest at Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge demanding urgent Government action on climate change.

The action is part of the international Extinction Rebellion movement that has seen protests across Europe in recent days.

Hundreds of people have been arrested for taking part in the protests in London in recent days – with further arrests this morning.

Extinction Rebellion Ireland said this afternoon’s action in Dublin aimed to highlight the Government’s “criminal inaction on the climate and ecological emergency."

‘House of Horrors’ parents sentenced to life in prison

Some of the 13 children who were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents in a so-called 'House of Horrors' near Los Angeles have spoken out at the couple’s sentencing hearing.

David Allen Turpin and his wife Louise Anna Turpin were arrested after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from their home and alerted police.

She was one of 13 siblings, aged between two and 29-years-old who had been abused at the property, later dubbed the ‘House of Horrors.’

The pair were this evening officially handed sentences of 25 years to life in prison.


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