Derry MP Colum Eastwood and Deputy Mayor Graham Warke express condolences after death of Prince Philip
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has expressed condolences to Queen Elizabeth and the family of Prince Phillip following his death today
He said his thoughts are with all those in the north who feel a strong connection and affinity with Prince Phillip and the British Royal family.
“My sympathies are with Queen Elizabeth and her family today following the death of a loved husband, father and grandfather. This is an immensely difficult time for them, compounded by the restrictions which have made saying goodbye so difficult for people and families across our islands.
“I also send my sincere condolences to people in communities across Northern Ireland who feel a special connection and affinity with Prince Phillip and the royal family. Over the last year we have lost people who we respect, cherish and admire. We understand your pain and feel the weight of your loss today," said the Foyle MP.
The Deputy Mayor of Derry and Strabane Alderman Graham Warke also expressed his condolences.
"It is very sad to see that His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," said Alderman Warke.
He said he was saddened at the news and passed on his condolences as Deputy Mayor.
Mr. Eastwood said: “The people of these islands are joined together by our common history and shared experiences of historic conflict. Phillip and his family were directly affected by the conflict on this island and between these islands. I want to acknowledge the role that he played alongside Queen Elizabeth in building relationships and promoting reconciliation, most visibly during their recent visit to Ireland. He had a part to play in sustaining the new bond of shared endeavour across these islands.
“This will be a difficult moment for many in our community. It is important that we all respect that and continue to work together to heal the divisions of our past and build a more united community.”