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POSTED AT 01:53 PM 21-03-2017

Northern Ireland's former Deputy First Minister dies

Image courtesy: BBC

Martin McGuinness, the former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and member of the Sinn Féin, died aged 66 from a rare heart condition.

He became the Deputy First Minister in 2007 under then First Minister Ian Paisley. He is a former IRA member, and was the second-in-command of the IRA in Derry in 1972. He left the IRA and joined politics in 1974.

He faced many landmark events in Northern Irish history during his lifetime, such as; Bloody Sunday, the IRA hunger strikes, the Brighton bombing targeted at Margaret Thatcher at the Tory convention, the Enniskillen bombing as well as toasting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

McGuinness had said, "My war is over. My job as a political leader is to prevent that war and I feel very passionate about it."

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said: "Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness. He was a passionate republican. But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both."