Standing ovation for Lyra McKee’s sister as she delivers Stormont talk

Nichola Corner, the sister of Lyra McKee, onstage at TEDxStormont in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont in Belfast. The sister of murdered journalist Lyra McKee received a standing ovation as she followed in her footsteps to deliver a powerful talk at Stormont.
Nichola Corner, the sister of Lyra McKee, onstage at TEDxStormont in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont in Belfast. The sister of murdered journalist Lyra McKee received a standing ovation as she followed in her footsteps to deliver a powerful talk at Stormont.
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The sister of murdered journalist Lyra McKee received a standing ovation as she followed in her footsteps to deliver a powerful talk at Stormont.

The author’s Ted talk about religious education and its impact on the mental health of young LGBT people was viewed thousands of time around the world following her death at the hands of dissident republicans in April.

On Saturday, four and a half months after Ms McKee’s murder, her sister Nichola Corner delivered her own talk at the TedXStormont event at Parliament Buildings.

She used the tribute address to urge people to build on the outpouring of love after the killing to finally secure peace in Northern Ireland.

Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead by the New IRA as she observed rioting in Londonderry.

Mrs Corner stressed the need to reclaim the word “unity” from the dissident extremists responsible for the shooting.

“What really fires up my imagination is the potential, the potential of what we can achieve if we continue to demonstrate our inherent inclusive nature, just as we did in the aftermath of Lyra’s murder,” she said.

“There are forces outside of this room that seek to draw our attention away from what unites us, ironically using the word unity as their banner - and we can’t let that happen.

“We must not let those who seek to separate us succeed, we must liberate ourselves once and for all from their threat and the threats of others like them to our peace.

“We must reclaim the word unity for its rightful purpose.

“Some people have lost sight of the true meaning, they don’t really understand what it means, because for me unity goes way beyond land, it goes way beyond nationalities and it goes beyond labels — to me unity is a feeling.

“It’s a feeling that leads to the outpouring of love that we saw in the aftermath of Lyra’s murder.”