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Martin McGuinness pays tribute to Brian Keenan

22 May, 2008

Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness today paid tribute to Republican leader Brian Keenan who passed away overnight after a long battle with cancer.

Mr McGuinness said:

"I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend Brian Keenan. Brian was a Republican icon who along with his wife Chrissie and family made huge sacrifices through his dedication and commitment to the Republican struggle.

"As a leader within Irish Republicanism Brian's contribution to the building and development of the peace process was not just immense but invaluable. His contribution continued throughout his long illness.

"I was overjoyed that Brian was able to be with us in Stormont on May 8th last year to see the restoration of the power sharing and all-Ireland institutions. This would not have happened without his hugely important contribution.

"I extend myself and Bernie's sympathy and love to Brian's wife Chrissie and the Keenan family at this sad time." ENDS

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