GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer reacted to the death of Martin McGuinness, the Republican former deputy First Minister in the north of Ireland:

“Martin McGuinness dedicated his life for the vision of a united Ireland. He left behind a legacy that symbolised hope and struggle for principles dear to the Irish people. His courage made him a man loved and respected by people from all political backgrounds.”

“McGuinness’ remarkable leadership enabled the progress in the political process that paved the way for the historic Good Friday agreement, which made possible reconciliation in the north of Ireland.”

“He dedicated his life – through words and deeds – for peace and the reunification of his country and the shaping of democratic institutions in the north of Ireland, leaving behind a legacy that will endure.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family, to Sinn Féin and to the Irish people for this great loss. We will remember and be inspired by his remarkable life as we face the challenges ahead.”

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