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    Former IRA Leader, N.Ireland Ex-Deputy First Minister McGuinness Dies Aged 66

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    Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader turned the Northern Ireland deputy first minister, passed away overnight after a "short illness," his Sinn Fein party announced Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — McGuinness played a key role in reshaping the region after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement with the British government that devolved powers to Northern Ireland after a long conflict.

    "It is with deep regret and sadness that we have learnt of the death of our friend and comrade Martin McGuinness who passed away in Derry during the night," the statement reads.

    Sinn Fein’s incumbent President Gerry Adams praised the 66-year-old as a "passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country."

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