23 March 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Funeral of former deputy NI First Minister in Derry

Michael Fisher

“My heart lies in the Bogside and with the people of Derry”. The words of Martin McGuinness during one of his last public appearances in January after announcing he would not be contesting the NI Assembly election. He was suffering from a rare heart condition. Early on Tuesday the former deputy First Minister passed away at Altnagelvin hospital, aged 66.

  There have been many tributes from political representatives on both sides of the border and further afield. But relatives of some of those killed or injured by the IRA during the troubles found no words of forgiveness for the former paramilitary turned peacemaker.

  Mr McGuinness was second in command of the IRA in Derry at the time of Bloody Sunday in 1972. As a leading member of Sinn Féin alongside the party President Gerry Adams he went on to help mould the peace process in the North including the signing of the Good Friday agreement in 1998. He became Education Minister in the new NI Executive and was appointed deputy First Minister in May 2007. In that post he worked successfully with the DUP leader Ian Paisley, but less so with his successors Peter…

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