Five men arrested in Lyra McKee investigation released

Journalist shot dead in Derry in 2019

Five men arrested by detectives investigating the death of journalist Lyra McKee have been released pending a report being submitted to the Public Prosecution Service.

The 29-year-old was shot dead in Derry in April 2019 as she observed rioting in the Creggan area.

A group styling itself the New IRA has previously claimed it was responsible for killing the journalist and author.

Five men – two 21-year-olds and the others aged 20, 41 and 54 – were arrested in the Cityside area of Derry on Tuesday under the Terrorism Act and were taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave police station in Belfast for interview.


The PSNI said on Tuesday night they were released “pending a report being submitted to the Public Prosecution Service”.

Another man, aged 26, who was arrested on Tuesday remains in police custody at this time.

The PSNI said the investigation remains ongoing.

Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns is a reporter for The Irish Times