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Old 21st Mar 2017, 07:25
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Martin MCGuinness 1950-2017

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0321/86...uinness-death/

The death has been announced of Martin McGuinness.

Mr McGuinness, 66, died early this morning at Derry's Altnagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside. He had been diagnosed with a rare heart disease in December.

A former member of the IRA's Army Council, he became Sinn Féin's chief negotiator in the peace process. He led the party into power-sharing with the DUP in 2007 and served as deputy first minister alongside Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster. In 2011, Mr McGuinness contested the presidential election which was won by Michael D Higgins.

Mr McGuinness will be remembered as one of the most influential Irish politicians of modern times.

One of seven children, his mother came from Buncrana and his father from Derry city. He left school at 15 and began an apprenticeship in a local butcher's. At the time of the Bloody Sunday killings by the British Army in Derry in 1972, he was a senior figure in the local IRA. Mr McGuinness always acknowledged he was a member of the IRA and never apologised for his IRA past. In 1974, he was released from Portlaoise prison after serving a sentence for a membership conviction.

In his decade as deputy first minister, Mr McGuinness consistently championed reconciliation. Foes warmed to him. His closest political relationship was with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.........

Speaking this morning, Mr Adams said: "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."

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There will be an interesting interview at the Pearly Gates......
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I wish I could say I am sorry to hear this......but!!!
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Old 21st Mar 2017, 07:43
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A celebration Guinness tonight is called for.
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Shame it took him and his winger so long!
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In the style of E J Thribb ( seventeen and a half)

So Farewell Martin McGuinness,

He never really told yer, that he'd shot a British soldier,

Although I guess that we all knew, that he popped off one or two.
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Most social media comments seem to be at variance with the saintly report of his life offered by the BBC.
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One of the top three I'd like to have seen over the sights of a rifle. The others being Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley.
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Most social media comments seem to be at variance with the saintly report of his life offered by the BBC.

Totally agree. Ok, he 'saw the light' in his later years but the way the BBC are drooling and dribbling over the news this morning is sickening.
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Totally agree. Ok, he 'saw the light' in his later years but the way the BBC are drooling and dribbling over the news this morning is sickening.

I am glad I am at work !! It sounds like if I was at home, I would need a new TV tomorrow.


A pint of the black stuff tonight in celebration.


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The world is a better place without him, just need Adams to develop something similar.
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Of course we should never forget where the majority of the funding for the IRA terrorist's activities came from.
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I couldn't stand the man and am quite happy to see him shuffle off this mortal coil. I would dispute most vigorously that the BBC are fawning over him. I take you went deaf when they interviewed a couple of his victims' relatives?
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I find the comments here beyond belief!!

Two former terrorist sympathisers, one republican, and the other, unionist (Ian Paisley put aside their differences and did something that other politicians, with less "extreme" views felt unwilling or unable to do.

Without McGuiness and Paisley plus their colleagues in the background Northern Ireland would in all probability be in the same mire as it was, with shootings, bombings and UK military continuing apace. Sometimes you need to accept that extremists can change their spots, and a bit of "trusth and reconcilliation" may not go amiss.

By the way, Ian Paisley a terrorist? We remember the first attempt at power sharing, the Sunningdale Agreement. Paisley and his cronies disliked it and out of their resistance was born the UDA. If Ian Paisley never fired a shot he very likely was involved in egging on those that did.
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Peter Hain has claimed that McGuiness was pivotal in the the peace process.

I think the turning point in the peace process was the Enniskillen bombing (which allegedly McGuinness had advance knowledge of) Boths sides were so appalled by this atrocity that they came to the table to discuss terms of negotiation and reconciliation. To give an IRA thug and murderer this saintly epitaph quite frankly enrages me.

The one person of dignity in this BBC slobber fest is Colin Parry - whose son was killed in the Warrington bombing.
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Originally Posted by funfly View Post
Of course we should never forget where the majority of the funding for the IRA terrorist's activities came from.
Indeed we shouldn't forget NORAID, or the fact that it was, despite it's protestations to the contrary, a means to fund terrorism, at least until the 1980's, when NORAID was forced to declare that it was funding the PIRA.
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Indeed. Which is why I never supported the US 'war on terror'. They weren't so anti terrorists when their own people were bankrolling terror attacks on the UK.
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I can't take credit for this, but the best tweet was;

'Martin McGuinness was a good family man. He only ever killed other people's children'
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
Two former terrorist sympathisers,
You might want to revisit that notion.
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