TUV leader Jim Allister has said his “primary thoughts” are with the “many victims of the IRA who never reached the age of 66”, following the passing of Martin McGuinness.
Mr Allister said: “Naturally, the passing of anyone causes grief and sorrow to their family and friends. All such families deserve condolences.
“In the case of Martin McGuinness he lived many more decades than most of his victims. Sadly, Mr McGuinness thought it appropriate not just to sanction and commit murder but to take those dark secrets to his grave, denying truth and justice to many IRA victims.
“So, today my primary thoughts are with the many victims of the IRA who never reached the age of 66. Of men and women who never got to see their grandchildren because their lives were cut short by murderous Republicanism. Of children stolen from their parents and grandparents by the organisation in which McGuinness was a commander.”