Bishop Donal Mc Keown, Bishop of Derry, has paid tribute to Martin McGuinness RIP for the role he played in moving Northern Ireland from conflict to politics.

Bishop McKeown said, “The death of Martin McGuinness, which was announced this morning, will affect many people in different ways.

“Martin McGuinness played a uniquely significant role in the life of this society for almost fifty years.  Firstly my sympathies go to his wife Bernie and family.  They have lost someone, who remained so loyal to and protective of them throughout his life.  Secondly, for those who know him well, there will be a huge sense of personal loss.  Martin’s role in moving Northern Ireland from conflict to politics has been immense.  Others will have more painful memories of how their lives were affected.  And I encourage everyone, when they reflect on Martin McGuinness, to be sensitive to how his death will be felt across this community.”

Concluding his statement, Bishop McKeown offered a prayer, saying, “I pray that, as a society, we will be able to reflect on the life and death of Martin McGuinness in ways that help to move us all forward.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.”