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Coffin of Martin McGuinness carried to his home in Derry

Gerry Adams and Michelle O’Neill helped carry the coffin this afternoon.
Mar 21st 2017, 5:23 PM 54,956 173

Martin McGuinness death Source: Niall Carson

THE COFFIN OF Martin McGuinness has been carried to his home in Derry this evening.

The death of the 66-year-old former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister was announced this morning.

Gerry Adams and McGuinness’s successor as Sinn Féin’s leader in the North, Michelle O’Neill, helped carry the coffin as hundreds turned out to pay their respects.

Martin McGuinness death Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Martin McGuinness death Source: Niall Carson

His funeral is due to take place on Thursday afternoon at St Columba’s Church, followed by burial afterwards in the City Cemetery.

McGuinness, a former IRA commander in the city before becoming one of the key figures in the peace process, died in the early hours of this morning.

Tributes have been paid to him from across the political divide. In a development that would have seemed unimaginable decades ago, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is expected to send a private message to McGuinness’s widow, Bernadette.

Adams called his former colleague a “passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the reunification of his country”.

Bill Clinton said he “refused to live in the past”.

In a statement this evening Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl confirmed the flag above Leinster House will be flown at half-mast on the day of McGuinness’s funeral.

Martin McGuinness death Source: Niall Carson

Martin McGuinness death Source: Niall Carson

His coffin was carried through the Bogside area this evening, in wintry conditions. It’s understood McGuinness had been suffering from a rare heart condition.

Related: What happened when Martin McGuinness met the Queen of England >

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