Second key adviser to Martin McGuinness leave his post

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (centre) with his special advisor (left) and Gerry Kelly Sinn Fein MLA leaving a meeting with the Secretary of State at Stormont house on Thursday February 27, 2014.. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (centre) with his special advisor (left) and Gerry Kelly Sinn Fein MLA leaving a meeting with the Secretary of State at Stormont house on Thursday February 27, 2014.. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire
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One of Martin McGuinness’s key advisers is to leave.

Vincent Parker, who is one of eight special advisers at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), is understood to have been resigned several weeks ago but is still in post.

Mr Parker said that the decision was for “personal reasons”. OFMDFM said that his replacement would be announced “in due course”.

Mr Parker, who had a background in business, was seen as a moderate member of Sinn Fein and held the post since 2011.

In February, another Sinn Fein adviser in OFMDFM, Leo Green, left amid rumours that he supported a welfare reform deal rejected by Gerry Adams. He took the party to a fair employment tribunal alleging discrimination but settled the case on a confidential basis.