Prince Philip: Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O'Neill offers condolences to those in NI mourning death of duke

Northern Ireland deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has offered her condolences to the unionist community following the death of Prince Philip.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 5:08 pm

The Sinn Fein vice president said: “I want to offer my condolences to Queen Elizabeth in regards to the death of her husband, and to her family at this very sad time.

“When any family loses a loved one, it is really difficult – and whilst they may be public figures they are also a family that are hurting, so I just wanted to extend my condolences to them.

“Also to all those people in this community who come from the unionist tradition or indeed have a British identity, I want to again extend my condolences to you, because I’m quite sure that you felt this loss more significantly perhaps than others.

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Deputy First Minister and vice-president of Sinn Fein, Michelle O'Neill.

“I just wanted, as deputy First Minister, to put that on record.”

Prince Philip passed away on Friday morning - he was 99 years-old.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the duke passed away when it released a brief statement on Friday morning.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

A man arrives to lay a floral tribute outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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