Monday 16 September 2019

Coveney meets party leaders in North to talk about impasse

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photo: Mark Condren
Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photo: Mark Condren

Aoife Moore

Tanaiste Simon Coveney has met with political representatives in Belfast following the murder of Lyra McKee.

Mr Coveney travelled to Northern Ireland to discuss the current impasse in Stormont ahead of Ms McKee's funeral today.

Ms McKee (29) was killed during violent scenes in Derry last Thursday. The New IRA has claimed responsibility for the horrific killing.

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill was seen entering an Irish Government residence in Belfast for the meeting late yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Alliance Party said: "Simon Coveney and (Alliance Party leader) Naomi Long have had a phone call and will be speaking again later.

"We are aware that the Tánaiste is travelling to Belfast for a series of private meetings."

The death of Ms McKee has caused widespread outrage among political and community leaders and sparked SDLP leader Colum Eastwood to call for talks between the Northern Ireland parties to restore the government in Stormont.

"There is an unmistakable public desire that the tragic and terrible loss of Lyra McKee marks a turning point for our peace and political process," Mr Eastwood's letter said.

Irish Independent

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