Lyra McKee Murder: Woman, 57, Arrested Under Terrorism Act Has Been Released

Sara C Nelson

A 57-year-old woman arrested this morning by detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee has been released unconditionally.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team continue to appeal for help from the local community in Creggan or anyone with information.

McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. 

Two teenage men initially arrested by detectives investigating the murder were later released without charge.

The New IRA - an amalgam of armed groups opposed to the peace process - has admitted responsibility for the murder.

In a statement given to The Irish News using a recognised code word, the group offered “full and sincere apologies” to her family and friends.

It has been linked with four murders, including PC Ronan Kerr, who was killed by an under-car bomb in Omagh in 2011.

The group is also linked to the deaths of prison officers David Black, who was shot as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison in 2012, and Adrian Ismay, who died in 2016 after a bomb exploded under his van outside his home in east Belfast.

The New IRA is believed to have been formed between 2011 and 2012 following the merger of a number of smaller groups, including the Real IRA - the group behind the 1998 Omagh bomb. 

The New IRA has admitted responsibility for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee 

It is strongest in Londonderry, north and west Belfast, Strabane and other pockets in Co Tyrone, and Lurgan in Co Armagh.

This year the group was responsible for a car bomb outside the courthouse in Bishop Street, Derry.

The explosives-laden car was left on the city centre street on a Saturday night in January, and scores of people, including a group of teenagers, had walked past before it detonated.

The New IRA also claimed a number package bombs posted to targets in London and Glasgow in March.