SINN Fein Senator Padraig MacLochlainn has compared the late Martin McGuinness with Nelson Mandela.
The Donegal politician said his heart is broken following the news that Mr McGuinness passed away overnight.
He left a touching message on Facebook with a picture of Mr McGuinness and the former South African President.
He said “My heart is broken this morning for Martin and his beloved family. I have tried to find the words to say but this picture says it best.
“Martin, you were our Nelson Mandela. Your great souls will inspire us always.”