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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ON THE PASSING OF MARTIN MCGUINNESS

March 21, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON)  Congressman Richard E. Neal, Co-Chairman of the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the United States Congress, released the following statement today on the passing of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness at the age 66.

“It is with genuine sadness that I learned my great friend Martin McGuinness has passed away. I can say without hesitation that Martin was an individual who helped change the course of Irish history for the better. I  worked side-by-side with him for more than two decades in the effort to bring peace, justice and reconciliation to the island of Ireland. He was a leader who took extraordinary personal risks for peace to help build a shared future for the people he represented. And the conversation that is taking place on the island today about Irish unity is due in no small measure to the influence of Martin McGuiness.

People from around the world knew him as a peacemaker, a statesman and a gentleman. But I am going to miss my friend and his love of poetry, fishing and the City of Derry. During this difficult time, my thoughts go out to his wife Bernie and the entire McGuinness family. He will be missed. May he rest in peace."