There is a twisted irony to the name ‘New IRA’. This so-called dissident group is anything but new. It is an archaic outfit, a splinter of a splinter, engaged in a militarised form of nostalgia. A better title for it would be the Zombie IRA. Like the Real IRA and Continuity IRA before it, the New IRA is a deathly movement, dolling itself up in the language of the past, of long-gone conflicts, precisely because it has such an infinitesimal amount of support in the here and now. It’s a poxy, self-interested terror group that hides its smallness and its gangsterism behind the grand language of ‘republicanism’ and ‘resistance’.
So it is doubly tragic that Lyra McKee was killed – accidentally, it seems – by this group. It is tragic first and foremost because McKee was a young and talented journalist. What a waste of life when she was shot dead in Creggan in Derry last Thursday. And it is tragic that she was killed by such a backward and meaningless ‘movement’. To have been murdered by the Zombie IRA adds insult to the fatal injury of untimely, unjust death.
What has been incredibly unseemly since the murder of McKee is the way everyone, on all sides, has sought to politicise her death.
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