The former Deputy first Minister of Northern Ireland and one of the leaders of the party «Sinn FEIN», previously considered a part of the group of the IRA, Martin McGuinness, has died at the age of 66 from a rare heart disease, reports the BBC.
Martin McGuinness grew up in the suburbs of Derry. In 1972, at the age of 21, he became the second in the hierarchy of the local headquarters of the «Irish Republican army», and held this post during the «Bloody Sunday», when the city was the military killed 14 members of the IRA.
In 1973 McGuinness was arrested in Ireland next to the car, which was found about 100 kilograms of explosives and 5,000 rounds, and spent 6 months in an Irish prison.
In the words of McGuinness, he resigned from the IRA into politics in 1974, but many security experts believe that McGuinness was still associated with the IRA during the period of terrorist attacks of the 80s.
In 1998, McGuinness became Minister of education in the newly created Cabinet of Ministers of Northern Ireland. In 2007, McGuinness became Deputy first Minister of Northern Ireland.
In the last years of his life, McGuinness said: «My war is over. Now my job as a political leader is to prevent this war, and I treat it with great enthusiasm».