Alex Salmond on the passing of Martin McGuinness
Tuesday 21 March 2017
As First Minister of Scotland, I was asked by Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness to go to Northern Ireland in 2007 to support their new power-sharing administration by addressing the Northern Irish Assembly.
I gladly did so and found a remarkable partnership, which was the anchor of the institutions consolidating the peace process .
The friendship which developed between them was real, enduring and profound, private as well as public and allowed Northern Ireland to move away from violence. In office, as First Minister and Deputy First Minister, they were both solid and continuing friends of Scotland.
That political journey was accompanied by Martin McGuinness' own personal journey. It is why it is right to both mourn his passing and recognise his contribution, without which there would not be peace in Northern Ireland today.
My sympathy and condolences go to Martin's family.
Alex Salmond MP