Book of Condolence opens at Guildhall for Martin McGuinness

The book of condolence
The book of condolence

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock has opened a Book of Condolence today at the Guildhall, in memory of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who passed away earlier this morning.

The Book of Condolence was open for members of the public at the Guildhall to sign from noon.

Members of the public can also sign the Book of Condolence online via the Council website here.

The online messages will be attached to the original Book of Condolence.

Earlier today the Mayor expressed her condolences. She said: "As Mayor I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences upon hearing the news of the passing of Former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Martin McGuinness was a towering figure in Northern Ireland in general and in the city of Londonderry in particular.

“Whilst there will continue to be a diverse range of opinions on Mr McGuinness’ contribution to society over his lifetime it is clear that he had a passion for the city and the wider North West area. In recent years his contribution helped build on the relative peace we now enjoy.

“As Mayor of the city and surrounding district I know that many people are today both in shock and deeply saddened by his passing. I want to extend, both personally, and on behalf of the Council, my sympathy to Mr McGuinness’ wife Bernie and his family circle at this deeply traumatic time.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the McGuinness family today as they mourn the passing of a husband, father and a grandfather. I pray that they may find some comfort from the fact that God can draw near to them and sustain them in the days ahead.”

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