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Some British newspapers had a different perspective on the death of Martin McGuinness

The Daily Mail in the UK ran with a picture depicting IRA bombings.

THE DEATH OF Martin McGuinness dominates front pages this morning, both at home and in the UK, with some stark differences between the focus of the coverage.

The death of McGuinness was announced yesterday morning. He had been diagnosed with a rare heart condition late last year.

McGuinness is set to be buried tomorrow.

International figures around the world reacted to the death of the former-IRA commander turned-politician with figures such as Bill Clinton and Michael D Higgins among those paying tribute.

The Irish Daily Mail led with a picture of a young McGuinness, with the headline on page two reading “McGuinness is brought home”.

daily mail 1 Source: Irish Daily Mail

The Daily Mail in the UK, however, opts for a completely different perspective on the death of McGuinness.

It features two pictures showing the aftermath of IRA bombings in Guildford and Enniskillen, with McGuinness’ name at the bottom of the page.

daily mail 22 Source: Daily Mail

Inside, the Daily Mail features extensive coverage on McGuinness, alongside more pictures of the aftermath of IRA bombings in the UK. A columnist refers to him as a butcher while Katie Hopkins said McGuinness acted in his own self-interest by taking an active role in the peace process.

The Irish Sun led with the headline “It’s not how you begin… it’s how you end”, featuring young pictures of McGuinness alongside an image of him shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth.

irish sun 1 Source: Irish Sun

The UK edition of The Sun took a similar approach to the UK Daily Mail to the news, however, leading with the headline “Unforgiven” with the subhead of “Fury as ’74 veteran faces IRA death rap”.

sun 22 Source: The Sun

Not all UK newspapers took the same approach, with others also referencing the work done by McGuinness in the North’s peace process.

The i newspaper and the Daily Express referenced condolences sent by the Queen, with the former running the headline “The killer who turned to peace”.

daily express 22 Source: Daily Express

i front page Source: The i newspaper

Back at home, here’s how some of the other major newspapers reacted to the death of the former deputy first minister.

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irish examiner Source: Irish Examiner

Read: Large crowds turn out in Derry, Dublin and Belfast to remember Martin McGuinness

Read: ‘An IRA leader turned peacemaker’: How Martin McGuinness is being remembered internationally

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