Donegal deputies describe the death of McGuinness as a "devastating blow"

Donegal deputies describe the death of McGuinness as a

Donegal deputies describe the death of McGuinness as a "devastating blow"

There was a sense of shock and sadness among those on the Falls Road at news of the death of former Sinn Féin deputy First Minister aged 66, following a short illness.

She wrote: "I want to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication Martin invested as an MLA and as deputy First Minister to serving not only his constituents, but Northern Ireland". In the election after his resignation, Sinn Fein came within one seat of becoming the biggest party in Northern Ireland for the first time.

Mr Trimble addressing the current political crisis in Northern Ireland said: "As we with the clock ticking down to the deadline for getting the institutions up and running again, who think that if you were at the helm, we would face this prospect with greater optimism".

During the height of the Northern Ireland Troubles, Martin McGuinness had an unusual supporter - Hollywood star Jane Fonda.

Martin worked at the heart of the power-sharing government following the Good Friday agreement in 1998.

"Martin will be remembered for his contribution to politics in Northern Ireland and particularly during his near ten years as deputy First Minister".

McGuinness's reputation as a physical-force republican was thought to have helped secure IRA members' backing for a switch to electoral politics and a ceasefire in 1994.

Jo Berry, the daughter of Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry who was killed in the Brighton bombing, said, however, that Mr McGuinness should be remembered for his efforts to build peace.

He said that the meeting had the potential to define "a new relationship between Britain and Ireland and between the Irish people themselves".

At Pat's Barbers one man said he had "too many good words to say about him" and another described him as "a statesman who had the courage to reach out to unionists".

"Martin and I, we first met 45 years ago".

When asked by host Susannah Reid if someone like Martin McGuinness could leave his past behind, Tebbit responded: "It might be possible, but there can be no forgiveness without a confession of sins". But so is the choice he made to leave it behind, which led to his enormous contribution to one of the most significant changes of our lifetime; one he feared was being taken for granted amid all the other changes going on.

Speaking this morning Gerry Adams also said: "He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country".

"He may have done things that we all object to deeply.that is true of a lot of leading politicians in troubled places like Northern Ireland - and it was true on the unionist side as well". The importance of family and his home in Derry shone through.

"He was a very, very important figure in the peace process". Whether he believed that republicanism could better achieve its aim of a United Ireland by democratic means, or privately came to the view that Northern Ireland's nationalists had been right all along in believing so, is unknown to others than his close family and circle.

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