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Northern Ireland: thousands attend Martin McGuinness funeral

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Northern Ireland: thousands attend Martin McGuinness funeral

<p>Thousands of people including world leaders have turned out for the funeral of Martin McGuinness, the former <span class="caps">IRA</span> commander who played a pivotal role in <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/21/martin-mcguinness-the-armalite-to-the-ballot-box">Northern Ireland’s transition to peace</a>.</p> <p>Before the church service his coffin, draped in the Irish flag, was carried through the streets of Londonderry.</p> <p>The priest said McGuinness, who <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/21/martin-mcguinness-former-ira-chief-who-later-helped-lead-northern-irish-government-dies-aged-66">died earlier this week</a> aged 66, knew how many people struggled with his <span class="caps">IRA</span> past, but the presence of so many people was an eloquent testimony to “a complex man”.</p> <p>The Irish nationalist was instrumental in convincing the <span class="caps">IRA</span> to lay down its weapons.</p> <p>He spent 10 years as deputy first minister under the province’s power-sharing agreement.</p> <p>Former leaders who attended the funeral included Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said Ireland had lost a hero.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thousands line streets as Northern Ireland buries Martin McGuinness <a href="https://t.co/oSBgtbT29k">https://t.co/oSBgtbT29k</a></p>— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersWorld/status/844914085842038784">March 23, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>