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Martin McGuinness on Ian Paisley: “I’ve lost a friend”


The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness said with a quiver in his lip “I’ve lost a friend”.

In a statement released today, Martin McGuinness said: “I learned with deep regret and sadness of the death of former First Minister the Rev. Dr. Ian Paisley.”

“Over a number of decades we were political opponents and held very different views on many, many issues but the one thing we were absolutely united on was the principle that our people were better able to govern themselves than any British government.”

“I want to pay tribute to and comment on the work he did in the latter days of his political life in building agreement and leading unionism into a new accommodation with republicans and nationalists.”

“In the brief period that we worked
together in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister I developed a close working relationship with him which
developed into a friendship, which
despite our many differences lasted beyond his term in office.”

“I want to send my sincere sympathy to his wife, Eileen, his children and extended family.”

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