Chairman Crowley Statement on Passing of Martin McGuinness
March 21, 2017
(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness died on Tuesday.
“I’m deeply saddened to learn of Martin McGuinness' passing. A giant for peace, he will be forever remembered for his attempts to bring change to all of Ireland. I first met Martin more than 20 years ago during his first visit to the United States, though I knew of and admired him long before that visit. We became close friends and continued a relationship for years that was built on admiration and respect.
"Martin was one of the most extraordinary leaders I have ever met - never giving up on his belief in a united Ireland, while working to constructively bridge the divide with those who fought for a different future. His achievements, including the leadership shown during the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and his consistent, responsible support for devolution of power in the North, will be marked down in history as some of the most important efforts toward peace in modern history.
"I will forever treasure his warmth, friendship, and spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with Martin’s family and the people of Ireland during this time."