Minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church and Monreagh in Donegal, David Latimer minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church and Monreagh has announced he is to retire in the new year.
The Donegal minister who struck up an unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, in turn causing a rift amongst his congregation in the Presbyterian Church.
Some who left the church had lost loved ones at the hands of the IRA.
Rev Latimer said he was retiring with a “heavy heart”.
Reflecting on his relationship with Mr McGuinness and the controversy it caused, he said: “You’ll never take everybody with you, but if you were to wait until all the ducks were in a row you would end up doing nothing.”
“There was a hand that was guiding and a heart that was planning.