Deputy First Minister Martin mcGuinness has expressed his symapthy to the family of Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty who passed away in the early hours of this morning.
Mr McGuinness said: “It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of my good friend and Legendary Derryman Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty. Paddy will be remembered by the older generation for his central role in the Derry Citizens Defence Association during what has become known as the Battle of the Bogside and the Free Derry era. But the younger generation will remember him as the driving force behind the many projects designed to regenerate our City and provide much needed employment to hundreds of young people.
“The Inner City Trust responsible for the regeneration of the Walled area of our city will forever be associated with Paddy’s vision and dedication to his native City.
“Paddy’s enthusiasm for everything he became involved in made a lasting impression on all who had the good fortune to be familiar with him. He never missed an opportunity to promote Derry throughout the world.
“Of course while his loss will be felt by all who were fortunate enough to know Paddy personally it will be felt greatest by his wife Eileen and his large and extended family. I extend my sincerest condolences and those of my Party to them at this very sad time.
“Ar dheas Dé go raibh a anam”