Martin McGuinness's remains return home to Bogside in Derry

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Blair adds: "I will remember him therefore with immense gratitude for the part he played in the peace process and with genuine affection for the man I came to know and admire for his contribution to peace".

This is something I, and millions of others, are thankful for.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said McGuinness was "a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country". Recruiting was boosted by the killing of 14 unarmed civilians by British Paras in the city in 1972.

When Martin McGuinness, 66, stepped down from the role he triggered the collapse of a power-sharing parliament run by Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists.

He was present during the opening salvoes of the Northern Ireland conflict as a 20-year-old IRA commander fighting the British army on the streets of his native Londonderry on behalf of a community he said had been denied basic human rights.

His view on the IRA and the Good Friday Agreement is of a piece with this. If no agreement on a coalition is reached in a week's time, direct rule could be reimposed from London - a politically dangerous route to take, historically - or another election could be called.

Tebbit, who served in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, described McGuinness as "not only a multi-murderer - he was a coward". "When we were arguing for basic modest reforms, we got the answer and it was a militaristic answer", he said.

However, McGuinness resigned, January 9, after a row between the two parties over a botched green energy scheme originally overseen by Foster, which was supposed to incentivize people to switch to renewable, but which ended in farce when the scheme paid out more than the cost of the fuel, leaving taxpayers with a bill of up to US$486 million.

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Mrs McNicholas stayed in touch with those friends she made after the bombing and even for those who have moved away. He was beginning to show that as well as a man of action he was an arch diplomat.

Martin McGuinness died early this morning at Derry's Altnagelvin Hospital.

"Without knowing the detail of how the republican movement moved to that point, I and my colleagues believed that your were indispensable", he stated.

Kenny adds: "His commitment to securing enduring peace and prosperity for all of the people of Northern Ireland was unwavering throughout this time".

The cortege then made its way the short distance to his home at Westland Terrace.

Former Sunderland footballer James McClean has lauded ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness as a 'great hero' who did 'so much for the Irish people'.

Discussing that sort of violence in 2013, McGuinness said, "regrettably the past cannot be changed or undone".

The day after shaking hands with the Queen, McGuinness spoke about its "momentous and historical" significance. Now that he's gone, it seems likely that much uglier detail will emerge about the man once unfondly known as the "Butcher".

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