‘This is a time for calm and a time to unite’

By Mary Dennehy

BOOKS of Condolence have been opened in Tallaght and Clondalkin in memory of journalist Lyra McKee and in solidarity with the people of Derry.

Lyra McKee (29) died after being fatally shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry last week.

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Mayor Mark Ward signing the Book of Condolences in council offices

South Dublin County Mayor Mark Ward this week opened at book of condolence at South Dublin County Council offices in Tallaght and Clondalkin.

“Ms McKee will be remembered as an exceptionally talented journalist, an advocate with a deep sense of social justice and a campaigner for equal rights”, Mayor Ward said.

“Those who brutally took her life are in complete contrast to how Lyra lived hers.”

He added: “I want to extend my condolences to her grieving family and friends at this time.

“As a nation we are striving for a peaceful future that has no place for violence.

“The murder of Lyra McKee is an attack on all the people of this island, an attack on the peace process and on the Good Friday Agreement.

“I have opened a book of condolence in County Hall, Tallaght, and civic offices, Clondalkin, for Lyra McKee and to show solidarity to the people of Derry and to reject those who brought violence onto its streets last Friday.

“This is a time for calm and a time to unite in opposition to those responsible for this act.”

The funeral of Lyra McKee took place in her native Belfast on Wednesday.

The Books of Condolence will remain open at South Dublin County Council offices until this Tuesday, April 30.

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