Death of a writer.

It seems to be that, in order to ‘break the mould’, in order to ‘cast off the bindings’, these days you need to be dead, murdered, to gain the attention of both MSM and (certain) politicians.


Lyra McKee was virtually unknown ,and certainly unheard of, outside of her own small circle of family and admirers. She was a journalist specialising in research and discussion regarding the aftermath of the Belfast Agreement. She died from a bullet, the weapon being fired by a member of a ‘dissident-Republican’ group named the New IRA. The name itself speaks volumes. As the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) has not gone away, had not disbanded, (despite the many solemn promises to the contrary), has not disarmed: and has, indeed a tighter control over who does what, and with what, than any other self-styled dissident group in the whole of Ireland.


The mealy-mouthed platitudes of the female leader of Sinn Fein hold little prospect of the restoration of the devolved Assembly, now dormant for over two years: as their demands for an Irish Language Act, along with acceptance of legal abortion and homosexual marriage are anathema to the politicians of the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP). That same DUP who know only too well what response there would be to their proposals of a resumption of the Assembly immediately, with parallel talks regarding contentious items to be held simultaneously, will not bow down to a Republican Party who know, only too well, that immediately the DUP would agree to talk, out would come the twisted Sinn Fein logic which states ‘Give us all we want, and there won’t be any trouble’.


Nope. notwithstanding the verbal pleadings of the catholic priest at the journalist’s funeral, and the standing ovation his words received, if the IRA/SinnFein bunch keep up their demands which are both unacceptable and indeed unpalatable to the people of the DUP, I don’t see a breakthrough at Stormont, or Londonderry, or indeed anywhere else on that still deeply-divided and troubled corner of this United Kingdom of GB&NI!

5 comments for “Death of a writer.

  1. April 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    DUP must stay firm.

    • Pcar
      April 28, 2019 at 12:03 am


      +1 Yes

  2. Pcar
    April 28, 2019 at 12:17 am


    Agree, it’s a hypocrite fest

    Why have msm & politicians suddenly shown an interest in NI terrorist attacks and murders? What occurred is no different from weekly normal since Blair’s “peace deal”

    Hmm, May at funeral – why? She didn’t seem bothered by hundreds of “Easter Worshippers” murdered in a Christian Church by a censored

    Coming soon: “Death by Brexit, must stay in EU” ???

  3. Distant Relative
    April 28, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Her book, The Lost Boys, about the disappearance of children in Belfast in the 1970s, is expected to be published in 2020. That didn’t get a mention on tv, I suppose?

    Brexit blamed for the resurgence of the IRA of course – “New” IRA. So predictable.

  4. Pcar
    April 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Mr Hitchens:

    To ALL those who loved the Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee, my sincere condolences. I am truly sorry for your loss. To all those who have piled into trying to make some sort of political capital out of her untimely death, please give it a rest. There is no ‘peace’ in the Province.

    The ‘New IRA’ are the same people as the old IRA, which never disarmed and uses such groups for deniable operations and criminal money-raising. If these ‘Real’, ‘Continuity’ and ‘New’ versions of the IRA truly challenged the Republican high command, they would have been murdered long ago.

    It’s a tradition in the movement, going back a century. You have to ask why they haven’t been, and why the police are having so little luck finding the culprit.

    Spot on. The “war” didn’t stop, GB msm stopped reporting it. Hence my anti-Brexit agenda suspicions

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