Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister, has died aged 66.
It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition.
Mr McGuinness, 66, died early this morning at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.
Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has paid tribute to Martin McGuinness who passed away last night.
Teachta Brady said:
“It is with deep regret and sadness that we have learned of the death of our friend and comrade Martin McGuinness who passed away in Derry during the night.
“Martin led republicanism from the front for decades, striving for reunification and promoting peace and reconciliation and a genuine commitment to equality and respect.
“Martin was no stranger to Wicklow and we shared many canvasses throughout the County for many different elections down through the years. Indeed, in the Presidential election of 2011 he secured thousands of votes from right across Wicklow.
“Martin had a personal fondness for Wicklow and in some of our many conversations; we spoke about Republican history in Wicklow, the men and women of 1798, remembering people like Michael Dwyer, Sam McAllister and Ann Devlin. Only last year, he travelled down to the count centre in Greystones to celebrate my election victory.
“Sinn Féin will continue to build Martin’s legacy a peaceful, reconciled, equal, united Ireland.