The reaction to the tragic death of writer Lyra McKee has shown that the peace process has triumphed.

Those were the words of Co-operation Ireland CEO Peter Sheridan at the charity’s annual London Legal Dinner on Thursday night (May 2) in the Waldorf Hilton – a gala event that takes place every year to raise money in support of cross border and cross community programmes.

Legal Dinner 2019

Peter Sheridan spoke to the 400 guests about Co-operation Ireland’s work in some of Northern Ireland’s most challenging areas, and why although the peace process has been a success - hard work was needed to deliver benefits to everyone.

“Anyone who watched the recent tragic events in Derry will know that Northern Ireland exists in a precarious post-conflict state. It is still a place of both pain and recovery,” said Peter.

“Conflicts take a long time to end, and peace is a process that must be protected. The stakes are too high for us to allow ourselves to be complacent. All of us must continue to pay attention and your presence tonight and your support for our work says you are paying attention.

“The only good news to come out of this tragedy is that Lyra’s death has actually profoundly strengthened the quest for peace.  There are of course those who crave the status and purpose the conflict provided, but contrary to what they set out to achieve Lyra’s murder showed that the Peace Process has triumphed.”

Peter Sheridan also paid tribute to Co-operation Ireland Chairman Dr Christopher Moran, for his continued support and participation in the charity’s efforts to build relationships between Britain and Ireland in the wake of the Brexit vote.

“Co-operation Ireland under the leadership of our Chairman Christopher Moran are committed to doing our bit to continue to build reconciliation, to deepen our closeness, to highlight our interdependence, and to continue to promote cooperating and understanding.”

Co-operation Ireland would like to thank everyone who came along and made it such a successful event. Special thanks goes to James Stewart and Mary Heaney for their tireless efforts in organising the Legal Dinner every year.