STATEMENT BY BRENDAN HOWLIN ON THE DEATH OF MARTIN MCGUINNESS

Issued 21 March 2017

Labour Leader and spokesperson on Northern Ireland, Brendan Howlin has expressed his sympathy at the passing of Martin McGuinness.

"I am saddened to hear of the death of Martin McGuinness.

"My thoughts are firstly with his wife Bernie, his family and his colleagues in Sinn Féin.

"The role Martin played in bringing peace and reconciliation to our island will never be forgotten. His journey towards peace mirrored that of his party, and his contribution to that will be remembered.

"Over the coming days as we remember Martin's life we will appreciate the enormous road we have travelled on this island since the darkest days of the Troubles.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam"