Funeral of Martin McGuinness to be held on Thursday

The former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland died aged 66

Funeral of Martin McGuinness to be held on Thursday

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Updated 15:50

The funeral of Martin McGuinness will take place on Thursday.

The Sinn Féin politician and former Northern Irish deputy first minister died in hospital earlier today after a short illness. He was 66.

He is survived by his wife Bernadette and children Grainne, Fionnuala, Fiachra and Emmet.

Mr McGuinness's funeral will take place in Derry on Thursday afternoon.

Requiem mass will be held at St Columba's Church Longtower at 2pm, before interment in the City Cemetery.

Today, Irish and British politicians from across the political divides have been paying tribute to Mr McGuinness.

The DUP's Arlene Foster noted his "contribution to the political and peace process", while President Higgins said "the people across this island will miss the leadership he gave".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said we have lost a 'peace maker', who 'travelled from days of terrorism to truce'.

 A book of condolence for Mr McGuinness has opened in Derry.