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Martin McGuinness quits politics due to serious illness

Martin McGuinness former IRA leader quits politics

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Martin McGuinness quits politics due to serious illness

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Martin McGuinness has quit politics due to a serious illness.

The former deputy first minister and IRA leader has announced he will not stand in the upcoming Northern Ireland Assembly election.

His resignation from his post over a failed green energy scheme that will end up costing the tax payer millions sparked the March election.

Mr McGuinness, 66, has been ill for a number of weeks.

He said he was no longer physically capable to fight the election.