European left says McGuinness dedicated life to United Ireland

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The President of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) has described the late Martin McGuinness as a man of courage who dedicated his entire life to a United Ireland.

Gabi Zimmer, a member of the German Die Linke [The Left] party, who leads a 52 strong alliance of ex-communists and left-wing MEPs in the European Parliament, paid the tribute after the Sinn Féin leader’s death on Tuesday.

Ms. Zimmer said: “Martin McGuinness dedicated his life for the vision of a United Ireland. He left behind a legacy that symbolised hope and struggle for principles dear to the Irish people.

“His courage made him a man loved and respected by people from all political backgrounds.”

She said he was an extraordinary leader who had worked for peace and unity.

“McGuinness’ remarkable leadership enabled the progress in the political process that paved the way for the historic Good Friday agreement, which made possible reconciliation in the north of Ireland.

“He dedicated his life - through words and deeds - for peace and the reunification of his country and the shaping of democratic institutions in the north of Ireland, leaving behind a legacy that will endure.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family, to Sinn Féin and to the Irish people for this great loss. We will remember and be inspired by his remarkable life as we face the challenges ahead.”