Northern Ireland

Family of Martin McGuinness thankful for support

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Image caption Thousands of people attended the funeral of Martin McGuinness in Derry

The wife of Martin McGuinness has issued a statement thanking those who offered their condolences following his death.

The funeral of Mr McGuinness, a former IRA leader turned politician, who served as deputy first minister in Northern Ireland was held on Thursday.

Bernie McGuinness also thanked the medical staff who looked after the Sinn Féin representative during his illness.

Mr McGuinness died on Tuesday aged 66.

Mrs McGuinness said the family wanted to express their "deep appreciation of the many thousands of people who attended vigils in the course of the week in many parts of Ireland and overseas".

She said they had been "touched by the efforts of so many to provide solace and comfort".

"From Martin's return home on Tuesday, and until we left for the funeral service on Thursday, long queues of people visited our home.

"The family took great comfort from their presence.

"I want to especially acknowledge the many thousands who attended the funeral. Words cannot express our appreciation at the outpouring of love and solidarity, which embraced us throughout Thursday."

Former US President Bill Clinton was among those who attended the funeral of Mr McGuinness in Londonderry.

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Image caption The service took place at St Columba's Church, Long Tower

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