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Martin McGuinness hospitalised in Derry - reports

The former Northern Deputy First Minister retired from politics in January, triggering last weekend’s Assembly elections.

Martin McGuinness steps down from elected politics Martin McGuinness Source: Liam McBurney/PA Images

FORMER SINN FÉIN leader in Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has been hospitalised in his native Derry according to reports.

McGuinness, the former Deputy First Minister in the Northern Assembly, had stepped down from politics in January sparking the election which took place last weekend.

At the time McGuinness had looked particularly frail. His role as Sinn Féin leader meanwhile was taken by Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O’Neill.

The Irish News this morning reports that McGuinness was admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry two weeks ago suffering from the side-effects of his ongoing treatment for illness.

The recent election has proven something of a triumph for Sinn Féin, with the Republican party closing the margin between itself and the dominant Unionist party the DUP to just one seat from the previous difference of 10.

McGuinness was not seen at any events during the election, although his son tweeted that he had voted first and second preference Sinn Féin. The manner in which he voted is not unknown.

McGuinness had previously criticised coverage of his illness, requesting that his privacy be respected while he undergoes treatment.

Commenting on the matter, Sinn Féin this afternoon said in a statement: “We consider that a private matter and the party will not be commenting on it.”

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