New IRA believed they were confronting ‘incursion by crown forces’

More than 100 participate in dissident republican Easter Rising commemoration in Belfast

Flags are flown during the Saoradh Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Flags are flown during the Saoradh Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The New IRA, one of whose members is believed to have killed journalist Lyra McKee in Derry last week, believed it was resisting an “incursion by crown forces” when it carried out the gun attack, the chairman of Saoradh has said.

Brian Kenna was speaking after more than a hundred members and supporters of Saoradh, a self-styled revolutionary party, paraded to the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast on Monday.

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