26 January 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Members of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District this week paid warm tributes to former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, who announced his retirement last week due to illness.

Fianna Fáil councillor PJ O’Hanlon proposed that correspondence would be sent to Mr McGuinness on behalf of the Municipal District to wish him well.

“Nobody played a bigger part in the Peace Process than Martin McGuinness. It is important that we are all big enough to acknowledge his role and wish him all the best in his retirement,” said Councillor O’Hanlon.

Sinn Féin’s Noel Keelan congratulated Mr McGuinness on the work he had done and also wished the new leader of the Sinn Féin party Michelle O’Neill good luck.

“Michelle is very capable and hopefully she will follow in the footsteps of Martin and keep up the good work with regard to the Peace Process,” commented Councillor Keelan.

Agreeing with the sentiments expressed, Fianna Fáil councillor Padraig McNally stated that it took a good man to admit that he was wrong in the past and he wished Mr McGuinness all the best. He added that the Peace Process had transformed the six counties. Councillor McNally also wished Ms O’Neill well and acknowledged that she was taking on her new role at a difficult time.

Cathaoirleach Aidan Campbell associated with the comments made and remarked that Ireland was a different country thanks to the Peace Process.

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