Martin McGuinness: From IRA Commander to Politician

Martin McGuinness: From IRA Commander to Politician

LONDON (AP) - Martin McGuinness, the IRA commander who then became Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, has died at the age of 66 following a short illness.

Reactions to his death illustrate the divisive nature of his life. From being at the forefront of the armed struggle to get the British out of Northern Ireland and unite the island of Ireland, he became a passionate supporter of compromise with his former foes.

Here are some photos and accompanying quotes from McGuinness that mark his transition..

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ON THE ARMED STRUGGLE

"We have fought against the killing of our people. I am a member of Oglaigh na hEireann (the IRA) and very, very proud of it (1973)."

"We don't believe that winning elections and any amount of votes will bring freedom in Ireland. At the end of the day, it will be the cutting edge of the IRA that will bring freedom (1986)."

ON TALKING

"We have told the representatives of the British government that it is now time to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor."

Read more from the AP here: https://www.apnews.com/afs:Content:800960056/Martin-McGuinness:-From-IRA-commander-to-government-in-pictures-and-in-his-own-words

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