Westmeath Has High Proportion Of Dissidents On Facebook

Written 3 months ago by Newsroom

The family of Lyra McKee says she was a “gentle innocent soul” who wouldn’t wish ill on anyone.

In a statement, they say Lyra would’ve wanted hate and intolerance to be overcome with “love, understanding and kindness”.

The journalist’s funeral takes place in Belfast today, after she was shot dead in Derry last week.

Hundreds of mourners will line the streets outside St. Anne’s Cathedral, where a service of thanksgiving will be held for the life of the 29 year old.

Senior Journalist with BBC Radio Foyle Elaine McGee says Lyra’s personality and vibrancy will be remembered at her funeral;

Westmeath has one of the highest support on social media for dissidents.

The Irish Times has carried out a study, that shows outside of the border area, the Lake County has one of the largest number of sympathisers with republican causes on Facebook per capita.

Its found that 74% are men, while the most likely are aged 21 to 30.

Offaly and Laois have a lower proportion, however is still higher than Cavan and Monaghan.