Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McGuinness: Man of War Who Won Praise for Peace Efforts

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McGuinness: Man of War Who Won Praise for Peace Efforts

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Byline: David Wood Reporter

THE death of former Northern Ireland deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness sparked both warm tributes and strong words yesterday.

The 66-year-old Sinn Fein veteran, who was diagnosed with a rare heart condition at the end of last year, died in hospital overnight in his home city of Londonderry surrounded by family members.

Tributes from political leaders in the UK and Ireland have been mixed with robust sentiments from some IRA victims not prepared to forgive him for his paramilitary past.

Typical of the latter was the response of former Tory Cabinet minister Norman Tebbit - whose wife was paralysed by the 1984 Brighton bomb. He said he hoped Mr McGuinness was "parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell for the rest of eternity".

But many others - including members of Sinn Fein's long-time foes the Democratic Unionists - were more generous.

Mr McGuinness completed an extraordinary political journey from an IRA leader in Derry to sharing power and a friendship with erstwhile foe, DUP leader Dr Ian Paisley. He also struck up a warm relationship with the Queen, whom he praised for her contribution to peace.

Mr McGuinness, who lived in the Bogside area of Derry his whole life, is survived by his wife Bernie and four children.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said his lifelong friend had been a "passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the reunification of his country".

He added: "Throughout his life, Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness."

Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr McGuinness "played a defining role" in leading the republican movement away from violence.

"First and foremost, my thoughts are with the family of Martin McGuinness at this sad time," she said.

"While I can never condone the path he took in the earlier part of his life, Martin McGuinness ultimately played a defining role in leading the republican movement away from violence. …

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