McGuinness expresses sympathy at death of Liam Clarke

Liam Clarke, who died on Sunday, pictured at his home in Ballymena in June 2014.''Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye / Belfast Telegraph.
Liam Clarke, who died on Sunday, pictured at his home in Ballymena in June 2014.''Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye / Belfast Telegraph.

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has expressed sympathy at the sudden death of Belfast Telegraph Political Editor, Liam Clarke.

In a joint statement with Firt Minister, Peter Robinson, Mr. McGuinness said his thoughts were with Mr. Clarke’s family at this difficult time.

“It was with deep regret that we learned of the passing of Liam Clarke. Although battling illness in recent times Liam continued to write on a regular basis for the Belfast Telegraph,” said the Ministers.

“Liam’s death is a massive loss to his family and also to his many colleagues and friends in the Belfast Telegraph and wider media.

“We are thinking of his family at this sad time and we will remember them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Mr. Clarke became Political Editor at the Belfast Telegraph in 2011. He was also the editor of the Sunday Times in the North for 20 years.

Mr. Clarke was named Journalist of the Year in 2014 by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.