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The Man Charged With The Murder Of Lyra McKee Has Been Granted Bail

McKee was shot dead while observing disorder in the Creggan area of Derry in April 2019.

The man accused of murdering journalist Lyra McKee has been granted bail at Londonderry Magistrates' Court.

According to the BBC, Paul McIntyre, from Kinnego Park in Derry, appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

The 52-year-old was charged with the murder of McKee, possession of a firearm and membership of a proscribed organisation, the IRA earlier this month.

Ms McKee, who was 29, was observing rioting in Derry's Creggan estate when she was shot on 18 April 2019.

McIntyre denies all charges.

In early February, four men were arrested in connection with the death of McKee. Subsequently, three of the four were released.

The men, aged 20, 27, 29 and 52, were detained under the Terrorism Act in Derry on Tuesday morning, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

All four men were questioned by detectives at the Musgrave serious crime suite in Belfast.

The 20-year-old and the 27-year-old were released pending a report to the North’s Public Prosecution Service while the 29-year-old was released without charge.

52-year-old McIntyre was then charged. 

Det Supt Jason Murphy said a number of individuals were involved with the gunman on the night Ms McKee was killed.

"And while today is significant for the investigation the quest for the evidence to bring the gunman to justice remains active and ongoing," he added.

McKee was shot dead by a New IRA gunman in April last year while observing behind PSNI lines a riot in the Creggan in Derry.

She was named Sky News young journalist of the year in 2006 and one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 in media in Europe in 2016.

She had also signed a two-book deal with the publisher Faber and Faber, with her forthcoming book The Lost Boys due out this year.

In the weeks after her death, the dissident republican group the New IRA claimed responsibility for the murder, sparking headlines and abhorrence internationally. 

Simon Byrne, the PSNI chief constable, welcomed the arrests, saying in a tweet that detectives were “working hard in the pursuit of justice”.

McKee was a gay rights activist and an articulate advocate of a new and more tolerant Northern Ireland.

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