Listen: Lyra McKee: 'New IRA' admits killing of journalist
"Last thursday. Twenty nine year old journalist Lyra Mckee was shot dead in Londonderry twenty one years after the Good Friday agreement was signed to bring peace to Northern Ireland yesterday. A group called the new IRA released a statement taking responsibility for the killing and offering it sincere apologies to liars family who holding her funeral today to find out more about the situation on the protests that followed liars murder, I'm joined by Rebecca black who's a journalist with the Press Association based in Belfast, Rebecca who are the new IRA and holiday different from other branches of the group. Morning there and the IRA they're a dissident Republican dissident Irish Republican terrorist group, but they Kim together to eleven grew together. A lot of these smaller groups that were sort of sloughs ING steam and the come together though, they're small numbers. They have being described as the threats by the police service of Northern Ireland's some of their members were involved with real array, which listeners will probably remember, and they responsible for the ball in nineteen ninety which which killed a lot of people. What has the public's response being to the group's admission of guilt? Well, just order discuss. I think the statement yesterday came quite a few days after it was very much enough to fold on an even though it shouldn't apology still seeking to justify what it has done. So buro- responses being. It's not enough. If you're issue any sort of statement, it should be that you're going to spy on the late stage. What would what possible justification can there be? What do they say? Well in their Russian they're blaming the police service and on the on the night. It's all on the night. That killed 'em was a police operation going on. There were searching Heis and based on intelligence and Abida terrorist suspects. The police have combined actually since then and said the review intelligence before the search and they're perfectly happy. It was the jet on should have gone ahead. But these dissident Republicans they say the by the peace coming into an area such as Creggan, and it some way provocative that they're suppressing them. They're perfectly entitled to riots Super Four lire Schultz and was ride in helping that was that was quite a number of petrol bombs thrown up police, and then in the battle this Amana merged, but yet in their Russia there, they think it's acceptable to close riots on to ultimately their Jackson to any sort of any sort of doctors objecting to out of being part of the United Kingdom and there. Of the mindset that learned Heil do Coyote violence until Northern Ireland's part of the United Ireland and their their philosophy. And is there any sense that this sympathy for that point of view, and that people aren't supporting extremists on either side? Well, very very little sympathy far. I mean, it was very different buck in the nineteen seventies. When the provisional IRA were going because they did have somewhat support. This group has very little support. I think after the carrying of killing of narrow in particular, a young female journalist who was competing political opinion chill. All she was doing was just watching that night. That's close to even more discussed. A main there seems to be even a split within the discipline grip themselves because ever since Thursday there have been a number of incidents where Petra ball miss that side, a dissident members Heiss the shots fired another person's heist in Lurgan county, my yesterday, do they seem to be disagreement even within themselves as you said, we know that Staunton the power-sharing agreement broke down of two years ago. I wonder how far the up since of a working assembly stoking, more extreme fringe groups."