Northern Ireland’s six main political parties said the incident was a ‘pointless and futile act to destroy the progress made over the last 20 years’ [Charles McQuillan/Getty Images]

Dissident republican group the New IRA admitted on Tuesday responsibility for killing Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during rioting in the city of Londonderry last week, in a statement to The Irish News.

The New IRA “offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death”, it said in a statement reported by the Irish newspaper, which said the paramilitary group used a recognised codeword.

McKee, 29, was shot in the head late on Thursday as dissident republicans clashed with police in the Creggan housing estate in

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