McGuinness played pivotal role in our journey to peace – Minister Joe McHugh


 March 21, 2017
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DONEGAL TD and Minister of State Joe McHugh has extended his sympathies to the family and friends of Martin McGuinness.

Minister McHugh said today “I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Martin’s wife Bernie, to his children, grandchildren and wider family circle and to his many friends across the island, including Deputy Pearse Doherty and Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn here in Donegal.

“While we came from different ideological traditions, it is important to recognise the pivotal role Martin made on this country’s journey to peace.

“His leadership role in the peace process also extended to many other issues. I met him, for example, as we worked to progress work on the A5 road which is vital for future transport links on the island.”

The Donegal TD said that Martin was also someone who cared about economic regeneration and reclled President Higgins’ visit to the Guild Hall in London in 2014 and speaking to him about helping to better the lives of people in Donegal and Derry.

“Martin’s journey from conflict to peace was not easy. I know he faced death threats over many years from dissidents opposed to the peace process. It is a sad day for many people in the North west.

“Bhain Martin McGuinness an aistear amach ó choinbhleacht go síocháin. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air agus é anois ar shlí na fírinne.”

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