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Martin McGuinness

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Gender Male
Death5 years ago
Date of birth May 23,1950
Zodiac sign Gemini
Born Londonderry
United Kingdom
Date of died March 21,2017
DiedAltnagelvin Area Hospital
BuriedDerry City Cemetery, Londonderry, United Kingdom
SpouseBernadette Canning
Siblings Paul McGuinness
Tom McGuinness
Height 183 (cm)
Full nameJames Martin Pacelli McGuinness
ChildrenFionnuala McGuinness
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James Martin Pacelli McGuinness was an Irish republican Sinn Féin politician and a leader within the Provisional Irish Republican Army during The Troubles. McGuinness was the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from May 2007 to January 2017.

Nick Robinson: The 'tap tap' amid the silence of Westminster Hall

Nick Robinson: The 'tap tap' amid the silence of Westminster Hall
Sep 15,2022 1:20 pm

... On other occasions she used them to reach out, as she did on her historic visit to Ireland in which she met with Martin Mcguinness, the former IRA leader - the organisation which had murdered her cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten...

The Queen and Martin McGuinness' four-second handshake

The Queen and Martin McGuinness' four-second handshake
Sep 10,2022 7:11 am

... Earlier the eyes of the world focused on an historic handshake with Martin Mcguinness at Belfast s Lyric theatre...

Obituary: Queen Elizabeth II

Obituary: Queen Elizabeth II
Sep 8,2022 2:31 pm

... ReferendumA year later, on a visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, she shook hands with the former IRA commander Martin Mcguinness...

NI election results 2022: Who is Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill?

NI election results 2022: Who is Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill?
May 7,2022 9:30 pm

... It brought her into direct contact with Martin Mcguinness, who at that time was running for election in the Mid Ulster constituency...

NI election results 2022: Sinn Féin's rise from IRA political wing

NI election results 2022: Sinn Féin's rise from IRA political wing
May 7,2022 4:45 pm

... If you asked Gerry Adams or Martin Mcguinness to denounce an IRA bombing or shooting, they were likely to tell you they didn t engage in " the politics of condemnation"...

Election 2022: Is Northern Ireland headed for a seismic shift?

Election 2022: Is Northern Ireland headed for a seismic shift?
May 3,2022 1:40 pm

... Sinn Féin s current leader Michelle O Neill, unlike her predecessor Martin Mcguinness, does not have an IRA past, and she represents the newer face of the party...

NI election 2022: Sinn Féin steers clear of Irish unity focus in campaign

NI election 2022: Sinn Féin steers clear of Irish unity focus in campaign
Apr 26,2022 9:00 am

...Within minutes of taking up his assembly seat for the first time in 1998, Sinn Féin s Martin Mcguinness pointed his finger at leader Ian Paisley and declared: " We ve arrived...

Abortion: NI-politicians to areas bid to put a stop, the changes in the law, fails

Abortion: NI-politicians  to areas bid to put a stop, the changes in the law, fails
Feb 16,2020 7:21 am

... Rumbustious exchange via the renewable heat scandal, a police RAID on the Sinn Féin office, the sight of the armed loyalist Michael stone pinched in the doors by the brave security staff foiled his attempt to kill Gerry Adams and Martin Mcguinness...

NI election results 2022: Who is Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill?

Feb 16,2020 6:18 am

Sinn Féin's Michelle O'neill is on the cusp of becoming The First nationalist to hold The Role of First Minister in the history of Northern Ireland .

It will be a historic moment for Northern Ireland and too for Sinn Féin, which is On Course to win The Greatest number of seats in The Assembly .

It's the First Time that a nationalist party will be the largest since The Creation of Northern Ireland a century ago.

Ms O'Neill, The Party 's vice-president, said the result presents " an opportunity to reimagine relationships in this society on the basis of fairness, on the basis of equality and on the basis of social justice".

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald hailed news of Sinn Féin's achievement as significant - and not just because of the symbolic change.

" It's significant because it's a moment of equality, " She Said . " It says there's no job that's beyond anybody's reach. "

'Stronger woman'

The young Michelle might have found that hard To Believe in May 1993.

As The Ira edged towards The End of its so-called " armed struggle" she found herself pregnant at 16 years old.

In an interview Last Year , She Said she had " very, very negative" experiences as a teenage single mother.

" I went to a Catholic grammar. You were nearly made to feel girls like you can't be at school, " She Said .

But in The End , She Said The Experience made her " a stronger woman".

She went back to school, took her A-levels, stormed ahead.

Strong Women are what the new Northern Ireland is about. In this year's election, a record number of Women - 87 - stood.

At The First election in 1998, just 14 Women were elected. Among them was Monica Mcwilliams from the Northern Ireland Women 's Coalition.

" I felt like I had to put on body armour because there were so few Women there, " she remembered.

Sometimes, when she stood up to speak, there were repeated cries of " Moo, moo, moo" to drown out her words. The moos have been consigned to history.

First Steps into politics

Ms O'Neill grew up steeped in the history of Northern Ireland 's Troubles.

Born Michelle Doris on 10 January 1977, she was raised in The Village of Clonoe in rural County Tyrone and hails from A Family of prominent Irish republicans.

Her father, was a former IRA prisoner who became a Sinn Féin councillor in Dungannon. Her uncle, Paul Doris, was president of Noraid, a republican fundraising group.

When the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, she began working for The Party . It brought her into Direct Contact with Martin Mcguinness , who at that Time Was running for election in the Mid Ulster constituency.

When her father stepped down from Dungannon Borough Council ahead of the 2005 election, Ms O'Neill won the seat he vacated.

She became The First woman to hold The Post of mayor in Dungannon.

Rising through the ranks

Her assembly career began in 2007, when she joined Martin Mcguinness and Francie Molloy as a Mid Ulster MLA.

She became her party's spokeswoman for health and sat on the education committee.

After Four Years on the Back Benches at Stormont, Sinn Féin appointed her as minister for agriculture in 2011.

In 2015, she was promoted to minister for health, one of Stormont's most high-profile and challenging portfolios.

She faced mounting hospital waiting lists, a crisis in General Practice and the findings of the Bengoa report into how Northern Ireland 's Health Care is organised.

Her response was a saying it would improve a system that was at " breaking point".

When Martin Mcguinness resigned as deputy First Minister in 2017 over the DUP's handling of the, it led to a political stalemate at Stormont for three years.

When he died soon afterwards, she was chosen to lead The Party in Northern Ireland - a younger face and, significantly, A Woman like her counterpart in The Republic , Mary Lou McDonald.

A symbolic first

Now, The Pinnacle of Northern Ireland politics, The Role of First Minister , is within her grasp.

The Office of The First and deputy First Minister is an equal one, but the allocation of titles is symbolically important.

Few are expecting a power-sharing devolved government to be formed in the short term.

The DUP is reiterating that it plans to block the formation of a new Stormont Executive unless the Brexit trade border with the rest of the UK is scrapped.

Significantly, during the election campaign, Michelle O'neill 's focus has not been on Irish unity and talk of a border poll.

She argued that people were not Waking Up thinking about Irish unity, but instead were worried about the cost of living crisis.

What she wants to do, she added, was to " work for everybody".



Source of news: bbc.com

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