Lyra’s warrior women have the paramilitaries on the run

Far from being all-powerful, the New IRA and its ideas are in fact pure codology

28th April, 2019

So, Derry, once again. That major player in the North’s long and tortuous road to a better place. Civil rights, Duke St, Bloody Sunday, Operation Motorman, John Hume, Martin McGuinness. Now another Derry chapter: the tragedy of Lyra McKee.

Reflecting on last week’s events in Derry, I think we hugely overestimated the threat of paramilitary power and totally underestimated the force of people power. By the end of the week, the paramilitaries were...

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