The death of Martin McGuinness will affect many people in different ways. He has played a uniquely significant role in the life of this society for almost fifty years. Firstly my sympathies go to his wife Bernie and family. They have lost someone, who remained so loyal to and protective of them throughout his life. Secondly, for those who know him well, there will be a huge sense of personal loss. His role in moving Northern Ireland from conflict to politics has been immense. Others will have more painful memories of how their lives were affected. And I encourage everyone, when they reflect on Martin McGuinness, to be sensitive to how his death will be felt across this community. I pray that, as a society, we will be able to reflect on his life and death in ways that help to move us all forward.
Bishop of Derry