Lyra McKee killing: why Derry never saw a peace dividend
Northern Ireland’s second city, with its poverty and paramilitary groups, is still fertile soil for rebellious youth
The 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.