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McGuinness comments after Mo Mowlam death

19 August, 2005


Commenting after learning of the death of the former British Secretary of State Mo Mowlam Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said:

"Mo Mowlam brought a unique energy to the search for a political settlement when she was first appointed after the 1997 British general election. She was an obvious departure from previous British Secretaries of State.

"She played a crucial role in the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement and it is that Agreement which will be remembered as her political legacy here.

"We were of course always conscious of the fact that she was a British Minister and was at the mercy of the securocrats within the NIO system. There was of course occasions when we clashed, most notably when she caved into Orange Order threats and forced an Orange march along the Garvaghy Road in Portadown and when she authorised the bugging of a car used by Gerry Adams and myself during the negotiations.

"However Mo Mowlam will be remembered fondly by the vast majority of Irish people and I would extend my thoughts and sympathies to her husband John and the rest of her family at this time." ENDS

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