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Book of Condolence to Martin McGuinness opens in Dublin

Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr opened a Book of Condolence for Martin McGuinness this morning.

The Book will be open at the Mansion House today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm in memory of the former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland who passed away yesterday.

Speaking yesterday the Lord Mayor said:

“I would like to offer the people of Dublin this opportunity to pay their respects to Martin McGuinness who was a pivotal figure in the Northern Ireland peace process.

“Through his work over the past twenty years on the ongoing peace process in Northern Ireland, he has had a positive impact on the citizens of Dublin and the island of Ireland”.

“Martin McGuinness, as Sinn Féin’s Chief Negotiator, played an important role in the Northern Ireland peace process negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement and peace on our Island.

“As Deputy First Minister he continued to work for the people of Northern Ireland up until his recent retirement.

“I would like to send my condolences to the McGuinness family and also to his Sinn Féin party colleagues.”

The people of Dublin also paid their respects yesterday evening at a candlelit vigil outside the GPO.

Martin McGuinness died yesterday morning after suffering from a short illness. He was 66.

Tributes have continued to pour in from all over the world for the man credited with doing so much to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

A very poignant one from close to home came yesterday from old foe David Trimble who released details of a letter he sent to Mr McGuinness dated March 12. It read:

“Like many I was surprised to learn of your illness and of its seriousness.

“Then, on reflection, I thought it behoved me, as the First Minister when we first achieved devolution to the Assembly created by the Good Friday Agreement some eighteen years ago, to say how much we appreciated all that you did to make that happen.

“In doing that you reached out to the Unionist community in a way some of them were reluctant to reach out to you.

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

“I will never forget the truly historic first meeting of the Executive and how we approached that seriously and in good humour, marred only by the absence of two Ministers.”