Northern Ireland

Belfast to host inaugural Lyra McKee Memorial Lecture

Lyra McKee, who was shot dead in Derry in 2019.
Lyra McKee, who was shot dead in Derry in 2019. Lyra McKee, who was shot dead in Derry in 2019.

THE inaugural Lyra McKee Memorial Lecture is to take place in Belfast, in which the life and work of the murdered writer is to be discussed.

The event will take place in Crumlin Road Gaol on Wednesday at 7.30pm on the eve of the UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have established the event in honor of Ms McKee, who was 29 when she was shot and killed while observing a riot in Derry in April 2019.

The gathering will be opened by Ms McKee's friend and colleague Alison Miller, with a clip from her award-winning Channel 4 film Lyra, while also addressing the event is journalist, author and the Republic's press ombudsman Susan McKay.

A panel discussion on Ms McKee's work will include Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic, Ms McKee's sister Nichola McKee Corner, and NUJ Irish secretary Seamus Dooley among others.

Belfast & District NUJ chair Anne Hailes said: "We are proud to have had such NUJ colleagues as Lyra McKee, Martin O’Hagan who was shot and died in Lurgan in 2001, and Veronica Guerin who was shot in 1996. Their work and memory live on."