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Theresa May and Leo Varadkar to attend the 'Celebration of Life' of Lyra McKee

British Prime Minister Theresa May described Lyra McKee's death as 'shocking and truly senseless'

The British prime minister, taoiseach and president are expected to attend the funeral of Lyra McKee in Belfast today.

Theresa May, Leo Varadkar and Michael D Higgins will be joined by Dublin minister for foreign affairs Simon Coveney and the minster for children Katherine Zappone in a unprecedented representation on behalf of the Irish government.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will also be in attendance.

The service, described as a celebration of her life, will take place at 1pm at St Anne's Cathedral with the Dean, the Rev Stephen Forde and Fr Martin Magill, parish priest of St John's Church in west Belfast, jointly officiating the proceedings.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have also invited members to provide a guard of honour for the murdered journalist shot dead by the 'New IRA' last Thursday during a street disturbance in Derry.

A vigil to coincide with the funeral will also take place at the Old Post Office in the centre of Cookstown organised by Mid Ulster Trades Council.

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Members of the NUJ hosted a vigil at Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square in Dublin last night in memory of the author.

Friends of the 29-year-old also announced yesterday that they will be doing a 'Walk For Peace' in Ms McKee's memory next month.

The walk will take place from May 25 to May 27, beginning in Belfast and finishing up 68 miles later in Derry.

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