Conway-Walsh expresses condolences on the death of Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin leader in the Seanad Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has expressed her sincere sympathy with the family of Martin McGuinness on his untimely passing.
Senator Conway-Walsh said:
“I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to Bernie and his children. Martin was not only a political leader for us in Sinn Féin, but was also an inspiration for peace and freedom around the world.
“Republicans across Ireland will mourn his passing. Across Ireland and internationally, he is recognised as a statesman and peacemaker.
“Martin was a regular visitor to the west, and to Mayo in particular, both in a personal and political capacity. He joined me on many occasions on the election trail and had a genuine connection and affinity with all those we met. He came to Mayo during his presidential campaign in 2011 and was received with great warmness.
“He was also a regular visitor to the west in a personal capacity and believed strongly in the potential of region and the need for investment. He had a keen sense of the importance of rural Ireland to the republican project.
“Although we have lost a great leader today, we have a wonderful legacy of peace left to us. We now have to continue on and achieve what Martin started. The aims of Irish freedom and unity were central to his life and we owe it to him to make these his legacy.”