REACTION: Martin McGuinness dies aged 66

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness

Veteran Sinn Fein figure Martin McGuinness is dead.

The announcement was made by his party in a statement to the press at 6.22am.

The statement, in full, is as follows:

Sinn Fein Leader and former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness dies after short illness.

It is with deep regret and sadness that we have learnt of the death of our friend and comrade Martin McGuinness who passed away in Derry during the night.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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Speaking this morning Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD said: “Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness.

“He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country. But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both.

“On behalf of republicans everywhere we extend our condolences to Bernie, Fiachra, Emmet, Fionnuala and Grainne, grandchildren and the extended McGuinness family.

“I measc laochra na nGael go raibh a anam dílis.”

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