Martin McGuinness ‘a towering figure’ - Mayor

The Mayor with Martin McGuinness back in September 2016
The Mayor with Martin McGuinness back in September 2016

The Mayor of Derry & Strabane has paid tribute to “the towering figure” of Martin McGuinness.

Hilary McClintock said she wanted to express her sincere condolences upon hearing the news of the passing of Former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

She said: “Martin McGuinness was a towering figure in Northern Ireland in general and in the city of Londonderry in particular.

“Whilst there will continue to be a diverse range of opinions on Mr McGuinness’ contribution to society over his lifetime, it is clear that he had a passion for the city and the wider North West area.

“In recent years his contribution helped build on the relative peace we now enjoy.”

Mayor McClintock added: “As Mayor of the city and surrounding district I know that many people are today both in shock and deeply saddened by his passing.

“I want to extend, both personally, and on behalf of the Council, my sympathy to Mr McGuinness’ wife Bernie and his family circle at this deeply traumatic time.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the McGuinness family today as they mourn the passing of a husband, father and a grandfather.

“I pray that they may find some comfort from the fact that God can draw near to them and sustain them in the days ahead.”