Sunday 20 October 2019

Journalists' union to start bursary in memory of murdered reporter

Murdered journalist Lyra McKee. Photo: PSNI/PA
Murdered journalist Lyra McKee. Photo: PSNI/PA

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is planning to set up a bursary in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee with money it has raised from public donations.

More than a hundred members of the public gathered at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin yesterday for a vigil organised by the NUJ.

Attendees marched to The Huge Lane Gallery, where a series of speeches, songs and pieces written by Ms McKee (29) were read out.

Irish secretary of the NUJ Séamus Dooley said that out of the €60,000 raised from its members' GoFundMe page, a bursary will be set up that reflects the life of the Belfast native. The union will also use part of the funds to cover the expense of Ms McKee's funeral.

Mr Dooley also hit out at the march hard-line republican group Saoradh held in Dublin on Saturday, saying "they don't represent anyone".

Irish Independent

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