Kerry to Derry: Ferris Sends Best Wishes to Martin McGuinness

Martin Ferris, TD and Martin McGuinness 19/10/2011
Martin Ferris, TD and retired Northern Essembly Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness on the Presidential election trail at Castleisland Co-Op Mart during the 2011 campaign. ©Photograph: John Reidy 19/10/2011

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Martin Ferris has sent his best wishes to Martin McGuinness who announced his retirement from electoral politics last night.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to work alongside Martin McGuinness for many years, Martin was instrumental in negotiations leading up to the Good Friday Agreement and it has been incredible journey that many of us have taken together,” said Deputy Ferris today.

A Pivotal Figure

“He has been a pivotal figure in the Republican movement since the early seventies. He is someone I consider a friend and comrade who has worked tirelessly for his beliefs.

“Despite his past, he held out the hand of friendship to his Unionist brothers and sisters and has advanced both the cause of Irish unity and national reconciliation on the island of Ireland.

Martin McGuinness in Castleisland 19-10-2011
2011 Presidential Election candidate, Martin McGuinness on the campaign trail at Castleisland Mart with Joe Hannifin, Ballymacelligott (left) Chris Doody, Castleisland; Martin Ferris, TD and Timmy Leahy, Brosna. ©Photograph: John Reidy 19/10/2011

Often Visited Kerry
“Martin often visited Kerry over the years and he is held in high regard by Kerry republicans. On behalf of myself and all in Sinn Féin Kerry, I would like to extend our best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to Martin and we send our regards to his wife Bernie and extended family.
“While Martin McGuinness is retiring from active electoral politics, I know that he will be there to advise and support the next generation of Sinn Féin leadership.

“I look forward to him being able to spend some time in the future fishing on the rivers and lakes of Kerry – which I know he enjoys immensely,” Deputy Ferris concluded.

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