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Saoradh offices searched as part of Lyra McKee murder investigation

A number of items were seized during the search for further investigation.

Image: PSNI/The McKee family

THE HEAD OFFICES of political group Saoradh have been searched today as part of the murder investigation into the death of Lyra McKee.

In a statement, the PSNI said that detectives from its Major Investigation Team investigating the murder of Lyra McKee had carried out a number of searches in Chamberlain Street in Derry this morning.

“A number of items were seized during the search for further investigation.”

No arrests were made and PSNI enquiries are continuing.

Lyra McKee, a 29-year-old journalist, died after shots were fired in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan in Derry during rioting on 18 April.

The New IRA claimed responsibility for her death, and offered its “full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death”.

Saoradh, which is the Irish for “liberation”, is a political republican group that was formed in 2016, and is associated with the New IRA.

The group were heavily criticised for not condemning the killing of Lyra McKee. Protests have been held outside the group’s Derry offices by friends of Lyra, who put red handprints on the walls of the building, Junior McDaid House.

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The Belfast Telegraph had reported previously that days after the protest, Saoradh was issued with an eviction notice from the building. Facebook and Twitter accounts belonging to the group were also suspended in recent weeks.

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