'˜I was inspired by Martin' - Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O'Neill MLA has paid tribute to her predecessor at the helm of the party in the north Martin McGuinness.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 9:10 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:51 am
Martin McGuinness with Michelle O'Neill as he has passed on the reigns to her as Sinn Fein's new leader in the north back in January. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Michelle O’Neill has spoken of Mr McGuinness’ legacy after he died overnight.

She said: “On behalf of Sinn Féin I want to offer my deepest condolences following the death of our friend and comrade, Martin McGuinness.

“Martin was truly a giant of Irish politics and was known and respected across the world.

“He led republicanism from the front for decades, striving for reunification and promoting peace and reconciliation and a genuine commitment to equality and respect.

“Growing up as a young republican I was inspired by Martin McGuinness and I continue to be today.

“His leadership, grace and warm personality have transformed Irish politics for the better and his impact will be felt for many years to come.

“My thoughts are with his wife, Bernie, and children, Emmet, Fiachra, Fionnuala and Grainne and the entire clan at this time.”