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Rep. Rice Statement on the Death of Martin McGuinness

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Pittsburgh, March 21, 2017 | Coleman Lamb ((202) 225-5516) | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today regarding the death of Martin McGuinness, the former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

Statement from Representative Kathleen Rice:

“I am shocked and saddened by the death of Martin McGuinness. Martin was many things to many people in his life, but through it all, he was a patriot who had relentless faith in the future of Northern Ireland. Amid the violence and despair of the Troubles, Martin believed that peace was possible, and his leadership helped make it a reality.

“I saw Martin at the White House St. Patrick’s Day party just over a year ago. President Obama walked by us on his way out, after working the room and shaking hands for hours, and he looked like he had somewhere important to be. But Martin decided that my 90-year-old Irish Aunt Ellen needed a picture with the President, so he grabbed President Obama’s arm with a laugh and made him stand with us while Martin took our picture. I’m grateful to have that memory of Martin and feel blessed to have known him.

“I offer my prayers and condolences to Martin’s wife, children and loved ones and to his colleagues and friends around the world. His life is a testament to humanity’s capacity to change, to choose peace over violence and reconcile even the most intractable conflicts. I hope that his legacy will inspire all political leaders in Northern Ireland to reaffirm their own commitment to the ongoing pursuit of lasting peace and prosperity.”

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