LISTEN: Powersharing talks expected to take step forward following death of Lyra McKee

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Northern Ireland powersharing talks are expected to take a step forward this afternoon.

It's understood an announcement is set to be made in Belfast that would signal a fresh attempt to restore devolved administration at Stormont.

The announcement would come from Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

The Northern Ireland Office would neither confirm nor deny reports but a spokesman said it was longstanding policy to seek restoration of devolution as soon as possible.

The move follows the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry-Londonderry last week, which sparked calls for Sinn Fein and the DUP to go back into coalition.

Stormont was suspended in January 2017 and priest Father Martin Magill received a standing ovation at her funeral on Wednesday when he asked why it had taken her death to unite political parties.

People gathered for a mass in Creggan last night, to remember Lyra - a week on from her murder.

The service was led by Father Joe Gormley who was at Lyra's beside in the aftermath of the attack:

Meanwhile, Minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church, Reverend David Latimer was among those who attended last night:

Meanwhile, These people attended the mass in Creggan last night. They were hopeful the events of last Thursday night would be a turning point politicians here:

People gathered in Fanad Drive in Creggan last night for a special hour of prayer in Lyra's memory.

 

 

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