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This afternoon.


Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams with Mary Lou McDonald and large crowds line the streets of the Free Derry corner with the coffin of Martin McGuinness as it passes by  the 1972 Bloody Sunday mural as they makes their way to St Columba’s Church (above).

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This afternoon.

President Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern among the mourners in St Columba’s Church.

Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Rollingnews.ie




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This afternoon.

Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Sinn Féin member Paddy Maloney (top) hangs a black flag outside Sinn Féin’s bookshop on the day Martin McGuinness died.

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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Sinn Féin deputy president Mary Lou McDonald and fellow party TDs react to the death of Martin McGuinness.

Sinn Féin also announced it is to table a motion calling for the formation of a Truth Commission to establish the facts about Mother and Baby Homes.


File Photo: Martin McGuinness Has Died. End. Martin McGuinness speaks in favour of the proposal to end abstentionism at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in the Mansion House in Dublin. The proposal was carried resulting in a minority of delegates, including former leader Ruairi O’Bradaigh walking out and setting up Republican Sinn Fein. 1986. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
File Photo: This Monday will be a crucial day in the life of former Deputy First Minister and former leader of the Provisional IRA, Martin McGuinness as he faces into the latest crisis in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. End. Good Friday Agreement. L TO R. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness look over the wire in Stormont Castle at lunch time after putting their final approval to the Good Friday (Belfast Agreement) peace agreement. 10/4/1998 Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
File Photo: Martin McGuinness Has Died. End. 27/06/2012. QUEEN MCGUINNESS HANDSHAKE. Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness watched by First minister Peter Robinson (centre) at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Pic: Photo: RollingNews.ie/PA
File Photo: This Monday will be a crucial day in the life of former Deputy First Minister and former leader of the Provisional IRA, Martin McGuinness as he faces into the latest crisis in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. End. 16/7/2007. Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, and First Minister, the Rev Ian Paisley, at the press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont (Belfast), after their meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Pic. Albert Gonzalez/RollingNews.ie
13/11/2011 McGuinness Rally. Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness gets a great reception as he arrives for his Presidential Rally at the packed Mansion House in Dublin. Photo Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

From top: Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, 1986; with Gerry Adams in 1998; Meeting the Queen with Peter Robinson, 2011; with Ian Paisley, 2007 and during the 2012 Presidential Election.

“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, Emmett, Fionnuala and Grainne, grandchildren and the extended McGuinness family.”

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

Martin McGuinness dies after short illness (RTÉ)



Above from left: Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O’Neill, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams

This afternoon.

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness joins the health minister, Michelle O Neill, who will take over from former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness who has retired due to illness.

Ms O Neill paid a warm tribute to Mr McGuinness and said she was “following in the footsteps of a political giant”. She said “no-one can replace Martin” but said she would continue the work he started…


Michelle O’Neill is Sinn Féin’s new leader north of the border (BBC)

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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Sinn Fein TDs, including Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty, address reporters about the surprise resignation of Martin McGuinness and the forthcoming Northern Ireland Assembly election.

Mr McGuinness resigned in protest at the Democratic Unionist Party’s handling of a botched renewable energy scheme.

Arlene Foster says she is open for discussions with Sinn Féin (Irish Times)


Yesterday: Martin McGuinness Resigns

Further to announcing his resignation as Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister earlier this afternoon.

In an interview with journalists, Martin McGuinness declined to answer if he will run in the next Northern Ireland election.

Earlier: Martin McGuinness Resigns

Via Mark Simpson


First Minister Arlene Foster has released the following statement…

“I am disappointed that Martin McGuinness has chosen to take the position he has today. His actions have meant that, at precisely the time we need our Government to be active, we will have no government and no way to resolve the RHI problems.”

“It is clear that Sinn Féin’s actions are not principled, they are political.”

“Let me make it clear the DUP will always defend unionism and stand up for what is best for Northern Ireland and it appears from the Deputy First Minister’s resignation letter that is what annoys Sinn Féin the most.”





This afternoon.

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness announces his resignation.

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Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

The British government has a “democratic imperative” to call a referendum on whether Northern Ireland should leave the United Kingdom and unite with the Irish Republic, the province’s Irish nationalist Deputy First Minister said on Friday.

“The British government now has no democratic mandate to represent the views of the North in any future negotiations with the European Union and I do believe that there is a democratic imperative for a ‘border poll’ to be held,” Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness told national Irish broadcaster RTE.

Northern Irish deputy leader calls for vote on united Ireland (Reuters)