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Politicians 'failing' family of Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee who was shot dead in Derry

POLITICAL parties owe Lyra McKee's family an apology for the lack of progress in talks, the SDLP leader has said.

Colum Eastwood said politicians had promised to do all they could to ensure Ms McKee's murder was not in vain but had "failed".

The Belfast writer and activist was shot in the head as she observed rioting in Derry's Creggan area in April.

Her family said the momentum to restore devolution in the wake of her murder had waned and parties were "failing our people".

Mr Eastwood said the SDLP wanted to see power-sharing return.

"At the beginning of the summer, political leaders stood united in Creggan and again inside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. We used the familiar words of solidarity and sympathy as a young woman, with so much passion for this place and its people, was taken from our community," he said.

"We promised that we would do all we could to come together in Lyra's memory and protect other families from suffering the loss that the McKee's have been forced to endure. By any measure, they have been failed.

"Progress has been made, there's no doubt. But we have again reached a point where the process has been privatised to two parties and the rest of us have been told to wait for white smoke. It is not good enough."

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