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A funeral in Ireland

By Gwynne Dyer      

The ‘dissidents’ who formed the Real IRA in 2012 are nationalists who never accepted the truce. They have been waiting for an opportunity to reopen the revolutionary liberation war that they imagine was betrayed by the Good Friday Agreement, and Brexit is giving it to them.

Irish freelance journalist Lyra McKee, 29, who fought for LGBT equality, was killed by the New IRA on Good Friday while covering a riot in Derry, Northern Ireland. She is pictured here on Nov. 8, 2017, giving a Ted Talks on how changing religious teaching on LGBT people will save lives. Ted Talks screen capture image courtesy YouTube

LONDON, U.K.—On April 24, the Taoiseach (prime minister) of the Republic of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, and Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, both showed up in Belfast in Northern Ireland for the funeral of a young woman named Lyra McKee. So did the president of the Republic, Michael Higgins and U.K. opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. It’s quite possible that none of them had even heard of her a week ago.

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