Today saw the passing of Martin McGuinness, leader of Sinn Fein and former Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland before his resignation in early January. Martin McGuinness is an easily divisive figure in British-Irish politics with the former IRA second-in-command being linked with a number of bombings that took place during the Troubles, but was also instrumental, with work by fomer Democratic Unionist Party leader, Ian Paisley, in bringing about the peace process and the end to the Troubles.
Martin McGuinness, like many involved with the IRA is unlikely to see forgiveness by many in Northern Ireland and the wider United Kingdom for his actions. However, his significance, for lack of a better word in Norther Irish politics is undeniable with almost a decade of service in politics. It is, therefore, difficult to give an unbias approach towards Martin McGuinness’ life without portraying him as either a violent or political person with his life and name written across both. However, with one of his final tweet being one of condemning an attack in [London]Derry, perhaps this suggests where his priorities were in the end?
Those responsible for today’s bomb explosion at the home of a Derry Police Officer live on planet hate.Their opposition to Peace is futile.
— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) February 22, 2017
Here is a number of public figures that have paid their respects to Martin McGuinness in no particular order. We at The Occasional, do not condone his actions in war time but recognise his actions during peace, these tweets do not reflect the views of our writers.
Martin McGuinness played a huge role in bringing about peace in Northern Ireland. He was a great family man and my thoughts are with them
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 21, 2017
Sinn Féin Leader and former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness dies after short illness https://t.co/DpRiXdmy8T
— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) March 21, 2017
More tragic news this morning, RIP Martin Mc Guinness a true hero for many off us 🍀 god bless your family and close ones #ireland
— Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) March 21, 2017
Former prime minister Tony Blair says he will remember Martin McGuinness with “immense gratitude” and “genuine affection” pic.twitter.com/Z8mpfX6eiF
— Press Association (@PA) March 21, 2017
Martin McGuinness RIP. Deepest condolences to Bernie, Martin’s family & comrades. His collegial ethic in public office served reconciliation
— Mark Durkan MP (@markdurkan) March 21, 2017