LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Northern Ireland’s former deputy First Minister and one-time IRA commander Martin McGuinness has died aged 66, his Irish nationalist celebration Sinn Fein mentioned on Tuesday.
McGuinness had resigned from politics in January, citing a severe sickness and a breakdown in relations with the rival Democratic Unionist Party.
“It is with deep regret and sadness that we have learnt of the death of our friend and comrade Martin McGuinness who passed away in Derry during the night,” Sinn Fein mentioned in a press release.
BBC mentioned he had died of a uncommon coronary heart situation.
Sinn Fein refused to nominate a substitute for McGuinness in January because of a row with the DUP, its accomplice in a power-sharing authorities set as much as deliver peace to the province.
That triggered native elections wherein Sinn Fein made main features in opposition to the DUP and the 2 events are at the moment deadlocked, that means that the British authorities may impose direct rule of Northern Ireland from London.
Ten years in the past in May, McGuinness had made historical past by getting into a authorities along with his as soon as bitter foe, Ian Paisley of the DUP.
The determination to share energy was a key a part of the peace course of in Northern Ireland, which endured three a long time of violence wherein greater than three,500 individuals died.
McGuinness was a commander within the IRA paramilitary group that fought for the province to depart Britain and be part of the Republic of Ireland to the south.
In a memorable gesture that may as soon as have been unimaginable, he shook arms with Queen Elizabeth II throughout her go to to Belfast in 2012.