‘A courageous political leader’: Church of Ireland Bishop pays tribute to Martin McGuinness

Right Rev Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Mgr. Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, and the then Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured back in 2013.  (Photo - nwpresspics)
Right Rev Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Mgr. Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, and the then Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured back in 2013. (Photo - nwpresspics)

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe has paid tribute to the “courageous” leadership shown by Martin McGuinness.

Right Rev Ken Good was speaking following the death of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness overnight.

Rev Good has expressed his condolences to the McGuinness family on the death of the former Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.

He said: “There are many in this community who still find it difficult to come to terms with his past involvement in the IRA, and the pain inflicted by that organisation.

“However, in recent years, Martin McGuinness dedicated himself to constitutional politics and to the peace process. With considerable charisma and a willingness to reach out to others, he proved himself an adept and courageous political leader.

“He challenged his own community and others, taking undeniable risks for the greater good and developing relationships that would previously have been considered most unlikely.

Ultimately, of course, his death will be felt most sorely by his wife, Bernie; his children, Grainne, Fionnuala, Fiachra and Emmett; his grandchildren; and his brothers and sister. I offer them my deep sympathy at this time.