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  Lyra McKee killing: why Derry never saw a peace dividend
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 20, 2019 08:33pm
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AuthorRory Carroll
News DateSaturday, April 20, 2019 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe author and journalist Lyra McKee in 2016 wrote an essay about young people in Northern Ireland that turned out to be poignant and prophetic. “We were the Good Friday agreement generation, destined to never witness the horrors of war but to reap the spoils of peace,” she wrote. “The spoils just never seemed to reach us.”

Those lines tolled with sombre resonance after McKee, 29, was shot dead on Thursday night while covering a riot in Derry.

What more brutal way to illustrate her point than to lose her life, have her singular voice silenced, on the 21st anniversary of the agreement that was supposed to draw a line under the Troubles. There is an even more tragic twist.

McKee could just as well have been writing about her killer. If there is a corner of Northern Ireland that has yet to reap crumbs from the peace, it is the Creggan. A housing estate that sprawls over a hillside outside Derry’s medieval walls, its name means stony place, an apt description of one of the most deprived areas in the United Kingdom. Here almost two-thirds of children are born into poverty. Many grow up angry and alienated – fertile soil for dissident republicans.
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