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Death of John Kelly

6 September, 2007

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness today extended his condolences to the family of former MLA John Kelly who passed away lat night.

Mr McGuinness said:

"John Kelly was originally from Belfast and had an involvement with the Republican struggle over many decades including time spent in prison. For many he first came to prominence during the arms trial in Dublin in the early 1970s at a time when the nationalist population in the north was under huge pressure.

"Much later he was elected as a Sinn Féin MLA for Mid-Ulster and served in the first Assembly following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

"In recent years at a political level John clearly had a different view to ourselves on the political process.

"However when I heard the news of John's passing last night after a long illness I was genuinely saddened and I would like to extend my condolences and those of the Sinn Féin leadership to John's wife Philomena and family." ENDS

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