The Derry Trades Union Council has expressed sadness following the death of journalist, Lyra McKee, who committed her life to the "global fight against inequality".

DTUC Chairperson, Niall McCarroll, said: "The trade union movement and social justice campaigners around the world have suffered a great loss through the tragic death of Lyra McKee.

"We have lost a leader of women, a leader of people, and a leader in a world which lacks the leadership that embodies a love for each other.

"Lyra McKee committed her life towards the global fight against inequality, defending human rights and did so with warmth and kindness; she held within her heart that basic human instinct of loyalty and compassion towards others."

He added: "Workers across the world have the right to be safe at work, no worker should ever not return home as a result of actions like those witnessed in Derry last night, actions which were an attack on the freedom of press.

"All workers should be free to pursue their calling in life, in pursuit of happiness and fulfilment.

"Lyra McKee brought many stories to us through her work as a journalist; we commit to honouring her story, continuing her story and never forgetting her story.

"We stand in solidarity with Lyra McKee and her family and offer our support to them."

A rally/vigil in solidarity with Lyra McKee will take place today, Friday 19th April, Guildhall Square at 5pm. All trade union flags and banners welcome.

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