Heartfelt tribute to Martin McGuinness at Westminster

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 11:08 -- Editor

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has paid tribute to the former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in the House of Commons this week.

Mr Durkan said: “Mr. Speaker, I want to take this opportunity, as MP for Foyle, to pay proper ​tribute to the late Martin McGuinness, with whom and against whom I worked for well over three decades in all sorts of contexts and roles.

“As his predecessor as Deputy First Minister, as a former colleague in the government and as a counterpart in the negotiations, I would say that he was someone who went from opposing the very concept of the institutions in which he went on to serve to demonstrating a remarkable capacity for outreach and acknowledgment using those shared offices.

“He proved not just his own better character, in the democratic context, but the transformative value of the institutions that we are talking about.”