Speaking today following the news of the death of the poet Seamus Heaney the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:
“I am very shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Seamus Heaney had passed away. Not only was he a great poet, and a much admired Nobel Laureate, he was very much a great human being.
“Our thoughts and prayers with Marie and Seamus’s family and friends.
“Only last week I spent some time with Seamus following his performance at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry and enjoyed a great conversation with him.
“He will be sadly missed not just across Ireland but also further a field where his work resonated with many people over many decades.”