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Jeremy Corbyn
I always said the bombing process would never work, that there was no military solution to be found. I made that very clear in the House of Commons. I obviously did meet people from Sinn Fein, as I met people from other organisations, and I always made the point that there had to be a dialogue and peace process. My role was supporting a process which would bring about a dialogue. What I want is peace and to learn lessons from Northern Ireland. It's there in the programme, it's there in the manifesto. That's the position we are adopting as a party and that's what we will take into government.feedback
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May 26 2017
“I have a past and I've never hidden from it. I was involved in armed struggle. But I've always had my eye on the future. It has taken decades to reach this point. We have a historic chance now to bring lasting peace to Ireland and we have to do all in our power to seize it.” said Martin McGuinness speaking about Northern Ireland. It’s one of the 150 quotes about Northern Ireland you can find on this page. 66 people have said something about this topic. Among them: James Brokenshire, Arlene Foster and Gerry Adams. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Alan Barry

He should quite clearly state that he has no links or alliance to the provisional IRA, that his loyalties lie with the men and women of this country who went to Northern Ireland and fought terrorism.feedback

John McDonnell

It's about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle. It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table. The peace we have now is due to the action of the IRA. Because of the bravery of the IRA and people like Bobby Sands, we now have a peace process. I apologise for those words, but I also said no cause is worth an innocent life and I made that explicitly clear. I also did everything I possibly could to secure the peace process in Northern Ireland and at times that was contentious, of course.feedback

David Davis

How on earth do you resolve the issue of the border with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland unless you know what our general borders policy is, what the customs agreement is, what the free-trade agreement is, whether you need to charge tariffs at the border or not? You cannot decide one without the other, it is wholly illogical ... That will be the row of the summer.feedback

Emily Thornberry

Yes. There needs to be a future in terms of talking to neighbours of the Falklands … but certainly not undermining the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. I'm not going to judge you on you going to a reception with Assad and I don't think that people should judge Jeremy by trying to talk to people who might be open to a settlement in Northern Ireland.feedback

Theresa May

We have got to make sure we do resolve the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I'm very clear that we want to see no return to the borders of the past, no hard border, but I'm clear that we need to see as seamless and frictionless a border as possible. There's goodwill on all sides.feedback

Tony Blair

As one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement which brought into being the peace process in Northern Ireland, I'm extremely anxious to ensure that Brexit does not impair that agreement. Whatever disagreements I have with the British Government more generally over Brexit. There is a real consensus across the British political system that we must do everything we possibly can to keep the present situation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as similar to what we have at the moment as we possibly can, and do all we can to minimize any potential disruption.feedback

Nick Hamm - Sinn Fein

Throughout the entire Troubles, when Belfast, Derry and elsewhere were racked by bombs and every day on the news another fatality was announced, no-one would ever have dreamed that Paisley and McGuinness would come to work together, let alone admire one another and even enjoy one another's company.feedback

James MacKessack-Leitch

At any normal election we would be proud to field candidates and run a positive campaign, however, this is no normal election. This General Election has been called for naked party political purposes as the Tories attempt to crush Labour in England and Wales. This immature behaviour has no relevance in the Highlands and Islands, let alone Scotland or Northern Ireland, but will only serve to increase voter apathy and anger at the way politics is conducted in this country, at a time when there are far bigger issues at stake.feedback

Gina Miller

We will be making the argument that the correct constitutional process of parliamentary scrutiny and approval - as well as consultation with the devolved administration in Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Welsh Assembly - needs to be followed. Otherwise the notice to withdraw from the European Union would be unlawful and subject to legal challenge.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

And Labour delivered peace in Northern Ireland, ending one of the world's longest-running and most fractious conflicts. This is what Labour does in government and what it can do if you vote Labour on June 8.feedback

James McClean

I've had death threats and I've had a lot of people see me as anti-British. I want to go on record here and say I've never been anti-British. There's certain things that I don't agree with, my beliefs, but I take people at face value. I've had a lot of death threats which started when I declared myself for the Republic. I played for Northern Ireland for the youth system - I never hid from the fact that I took advantage of that system to better myself but I never had aspirations to play for Northern Ireland. I was getting death threats for declaring for my country.feedback

Andres Fogh Rasmussen

A fair deal would include that very rapidly, you reach a conclusion on the rights of citizens. At the same time you have to reach an agreement on the bill over Brexit and find also I think very rapidly, we should find a solution to the particular problem with the Irish- British border to prevent new problems in Northern Ireland.feedback

Jonny Evans

It's actually a funny story. Well, I think it's a funny story. I played, I think it was against Germany, for the Under-21s, on a Friday night. I get a call on a Saturday night. Northern Ireland have been beaten 3-0 by Iceland and Sanchez was not happy. I got a call, We want you in the full squad tomorrow morning.' I think I was actually on my way out to a nightclub. I carried on my night anyway and joined up with the squad the next day.feedback

James Brokenshire

I am sickened by this incident with dissident republican terrorists placing a bomb close to a primary school in north Belfast. This shows their wanton disregard for human life, potentially putting children in danger. The consequences could have been utterly devastating and it shows them for what they really are. I am grateful to the emergency services for their work in keeping people safe.feedback

Mark Lindsay

They didn't care if passers-by or children out playing in the area were caught up in an explosion. It was an entirely reckless act. This appears to have been a deadly, anti-personnel-type weapon. Thankfully, it was recovered and removed without being detonated. The attackers are terrorising people who live in the area and preventing them from getting on with their everyday lives. The local community, indeed Northern Ireland as a whole, want to be rid of these terrorists who are holding back communities and creating misery for the many.feedback

Gerry Kelly

I welcome the fact that this device was found before it killed or injured somebody and anyone with information should bring it to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.feedback

James Brokenshire

I have already indicated that I will introduce legislation to set this year's regional rate to address the urgent need for rates bills to be issued by councils. In addition, I believe it is also right to introduce provisions that would enable an executive to be formed in early May should agreement be reached.feedback

James Brokenshire

All the parties have been actively engaged and some further progress has been made, including on the formation of an executive and on legacy. There is, however, still a lack of agreement between the parties on a small but significant number of issues. The restoration of devolved government remains achievable, but more time and a more focused engagement on the critical issues are required. The parties will have a final opportunity after Easter to reach agreement, building on the discussions which have taken place over the past six weeks.feedback

Tobias Lock

They could call an independence referendum if they can get it through the Scottish Parliament and it's not thrown out by the Presiding Officer. It could be asking the Scottish people to affirm what the Scottish Parliament has already requested. Whether that's a wise move is another thing, but legally they could. That seems to be one option, but you could get the problem that one side boycotts it as happened in the border poll in Northern Ireland some decades ago. You could get a similar reaction from Unionist parties here asking people not to turn out so as to delegitimise it.feedback

James Brokenshire

Public services will suffer if there continues to be political stalemate. Budgets need to be established in order to provide much-needed services for the public. That is why I am urging the political parties to continue to talk and find a way through the outstanding issues. It remains important that an agreement is reached which enables the restoration of devolved government. This is absolutely critical for Northern Ireland and its people. I need to make decisions over the Easter period to bring legislation forward at Westminster. That is the timeline I am working to.feedback

James Brokenshire

It is that Easter focus that I have on needing for me to take decisions and therefore to introduce legislation there afterwards so that we can get on with the job, get an Executive back in place and, equally for me, if we don't see that, to start to make decisions about what further contingencies may need to be put into place.feedback

Greg Dewhurst

It is likely on Sunday we will see further sunshine for many parts of the UK. In the sunshine across England and Wales we will see temperatures above average for this time of year, above 18C or 19C. In South East England we could see highs of around 23C. It will be a lovely weekend for much of England and Wales, but in Northern Ireland and Scotland it will turn a bit cloudier.feedback

Conor Murphy - Sinn Fein

If James Brokenshire wants to ensure public services run smoothly in the north then it's time he and his government lived up to their responsibilities to implement previous agreements.feedback

Alison Thewliss

The total lack of consideration about the ramifications of this policy are highlighted by the very serious consequences for survivors of rape and sexual violence in Northern Ireland.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

My experience of trying to reach some compromise with her over the past few months has been an unproductive and frustrating one. Much of the thinking and much of the decision making is very closed, and it's very difficult to get into that in any meaningful way. If I told you that not just the Scottish government, but the Welsh government and Northern Ireland found out the date of the triggering of Article 50 from the BBC, it probably gives you an insight.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

If the same attitude is adopted by her government to other European countries as has been adopted to Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland, then I would fear that the Brexit process is not going to end well, because of that highhandedness and – dare I say it – arrogance about how the negotiation at this stage has been taken forward.feedback

Hilary Benn

Any return of the customs checks at the border with Northern Ireland … would provide an opportunity and focal point for those who wish to disrupt the peace.feedback

Alex Salmond

After nine months of this prime minister's approach to Brexit Northern Ireland is deadlocked, the Welsh are alienated, Scotland is going for a referendum, the English are split down the middle, and Brexit MPs are walking out of Commons committees because they don't like home truths. The [European] commission has taken a different stance and says, we want to deal with departure first and ongoing relationship second.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Fourth, we will seek flexible and creative solutions aiming at avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. It is of crucial importance to support the peace process in Northern Ireland. These four issues are all part of the first phase of our negotiations. Once, and only once we have achieved sufficient progress on the withdrawal, can we discuss the framework for our future relationship. Starting parallel talks on all issues at the same time, as suggested by some in the UK, will not happen.feedback

Robert Gardner - Nationwide

The spread in the annual rate of change between the weakest and strongest performing regions was at its narrowest since 1978 at 6.8%, the second smallest gap on record. The South of England continued to see slightly stronger price growth than the North of England, but there was a further narrowing in the differential. Northern Ireland saw a slight pickup in annual house price growth, while conditions remained relatively subdued in Scotland and Wales.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Closer to home, the triggering of article 50 is also politically and constitutionally reckless. The full effects on Northern Ireland, which currently faces the possible reintroduction of direct rule, remain to be seen. Similarly, there has been no serious attempt to engage with compromise proposals that would keep Scotland - which voted decisively to remain in Europe - inside the single market.feedback

Theresa May

We will strengthen the Union of the four nations that comprise our United Kingdom. It is the expectation of the Government that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will see a significant increase in their decision-making power as a result of this process.feedback

Theresa May

In the letter that has been delivered to President Tusk today… I have been clear that the deep and special partnership we seek is in the best interests of the United Kingdom and of the European Union too. And it is the expectation of the government that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will see a significant increase in their decision-making power as a result of this process.feedback

Ashley Highfield

We are seeing improving trends at out biggest [local] titles, such as the Yorkshire Post, Scotsman and Northern Ireland News Letter. We are getting back into growth.feedback

Theresa May

We also have an important responsibility to make sure that nothing is done to jeopardise the peace process in Northern Ireland, and to continue to uphold the Belfast Agreement. It is the expectation of the government that the outcome of this process will be a significant increase in the decision-making power of each devolved administration. We… believe it is necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the European Union.feedback

James Brokenshire

In the absence of devolved government, it is ultimately for the United Kingdom Government to provide for political stability and good governance. We do not want to see a return to direct rule. As our manifesto at the last election stated, local policies and local services should be determined by locally-elected politicians through locally-accountable institutions. But should the talks fail in their objectives, the Government will have to consider all options. The Prime Minister has been actively engaged in this process and will continue to do so. All options are under consideration.feedback

James Brokenshire

The subjects that have been at issue are primarily in relation to Strand 1 under the Good Friday agreement structures, which have never been something outside parties have been directly engaged in. Obviously while we maintain contact with all interested parties it is about building bridges with all the parties [in Northern Ireland].feedback

Michael Atkinson

We have worked in close partnership with the renewables industry to look at new ways to facilitate a wide range of micro, small and large scale generation in all parts of Northern Ireland.feedback

James Brokenshire

The "window of opportunity is short. If these talks are successful, it would be my intention quickly to bring forward legislation after the Easter recess to allow an executive to be formed, avoiding a second Assembly election, for which I detect little public appetite. All options are under consideration. It is vital that devolved government, and all of the institutions under the successive agreements, is returned to Northern Ireland as soon as possible. And the Government's unrelenting focus is on achieving that objective. Northern Ireland needs strong devolved government.feedback

Charlie Flanagan

The absence of agreement on the establishment of an Executive is, for many reasons, deeply regrettable. However, it is particularly concerning that a vacuum in devolved government in Northern Ireland should now be occurring just as the island of Ireland faces up to the many serious challenges represented by the UK exit from the EU. In these circumstances, all concerned must redouble efforts to achieve the re-establishment of power-sharing government in Northern Ireland, which is so plainly in the interests of all its citizens.feedback

James Brokenshire

There are a short few weeks in order to resolve matters. The reason I say that is because of the stark issue in relation to public services here in Northern Ireland and the lack of a budget having been set, and, therefore, it is the impact on public services on having an extended period that is very much at the forefront of my mind in terms of the responsibilities that we have as the UK Government to provide that assurance to the public here. Everyone owes it to the people of Northern Ireland to grasp that and provide the political leadership and stability that they want.feedback

Arlene Foster

The decision of Sinn Fein not to nominate today, and thus block the creation of a new executive, is very regrettable and damaging to all of the people that we represent.feedback

James Brokenshire

We need to see the Executive in place within the three-week timescale, because there could be implications for a range of different issues within Northern Ireland. I believe that there remains an overwhelming desire among the political parties and the public here for strong and stable devolved government. I have spoken to the leaders of each of the main parties this afternoon and there is no appetite for any alternative. I will be making a statement in Parliament tomorrow on next steps. We now have a short window of opportunity to resolve outstanding issues and for an Executive to be formed.feedback

Michelle O'Neill

We came at the negotiation with the right attitude: wanting to make the institutions work, wanting to deliver for all citizens. Unfortunately the DUP maintained their position in relation to blocking equality, delivery and equality, for citizens.feedback

Arlene Foster

Throughout the course of Saturday Sinn Fein behaved as if they were the only participants whose mandate mattered. This cannot and will not be the basis for a successful outcome. Negotiations will only ever be successful when parties are prepared to be flexible in order to secure outcomes. To date, there was little to suggest that Sinn Fein want to secure agreement. The DUP stands ready to continue to discuss how we can secure new arrangements for Northern Ireland.feedback

Arlene Foster

We are just disappointed that Sinn Fein did not come to the talks in the same spirit as we came to the talks. We are standing firm - previous agreements need to be implemented. We came at the negotiations with the right attitude, wanting to make the institutions work, wanting to deliver for all citizens. Unfortunately, the DUP maintained their position in relation to blocking equality, delivery of equality for citizens - that was the problem.feedback

James Brokenshire

Three weeks ago the people of Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly for effective, devolved, power-sharing government. Since then I have been working intensively with the political parties and with the Irish Government to find a way forward, including putting forward a number of proposals. I am determined to see a functioning Executive in place at Stormont. I have spoken to the Prime Minister and this remains the UK Government's priority. This is the necessary first step to addressing the issues of greatest public concern – health, education and other public services in Northern Ireland.feedback

Charlie Flanagan

This is a critical time for Northern Ireland. We are on the cusp on the triggering of Article 50 by the British Government.feedback

Michelle O'Neill

Today we have come to the end of the road. The talks process has run its course and Sinn Féin will not be nominating for the position of speaker or for the Executive office tomorrow.feedback

Ian Paisley

How a person's journey started is of course important, but it is how it finishes which is actually more important.feedback

Arlene Foster

Today I will travel to Londonderry to attend the funeral of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Having worked with Martin McGuinness for almost a decade, I want to pay my respects to his family on the occasion of his death. He was a complex character but anyone who talked with him will know that he was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. Regardless of where we were in the world or who we were meeting, Martin would always speak of getting home and of his family.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Martin played an immeasurable role in bringing about peace in Northern Ireland, and it's that peace we all want to endure.feedback

Michael Canny

There are people in this church today whose presence would have been unthinkable only a generation ago. They have forged working relationships with Martin McGuinness; they have built friendships with him; they have occupied Stormont's benches alongside him. Some have even sat in government with him. You are all very, very welcome. The word journey has been used by many people in recent days to describe Martin's transition from man of war to man of peace. The word journey is also used frequently to describe the believer as he or she lives life on the way to union with God.feedback

Michael Canny

There are people in this church today whose presence would have been unthinkable only a generation ago. They have forged working relationships with Martin McGuinness; they have built friendships with him; they have occupied Stormont's benches alongside him. Some have even sat in government with him. You are all very, very welcome. The presence of those political rivals and opponents among you, who have come to pay their respects this afternoon, is the most eloquent testimony to the memory of Martin McGuinness. When you seek his monument, YOU – by your presence – are his monument.feedback

Martin McGuinness

I have a past and I've never hidden from it. I was involved in armed struggle. But I've always had my eye on the future. It has taken decades to reach this point. We have a historic chance now to bring lasting peace to Ireland and we have to do all in our power to seize it.feedback

Stephen Gault

Fermanagh and Omagh council's decision to open a book of condolence in Enniskillen for Martin McGuinness is hurtful to the families that his IRA murdered on Remembrance Sunday 1987.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

He did not, as some have suggested, have a Damascene conversion: he believed in a united Ireland. Sinn Féin is more determined than ever to deliver that goal. The death of my friend and comrade Martin McGuinness has left a deep void. It is a huge blow to all of us who knew and loved him, especially his wife and family. Martin was an extraordinary human being. Funny, caring, a committed family man, a keen fisherman, an enthusiast for all kinds of sport from cricket to hurling. He loved Derry. The city – along with his wife, Bernie, his family and his mother, Peggy – moulded him into the complex, compassionate, warm, human being he was.feedback

Michael D Higgins

The world of politics and the people across this island will miss the leadership he gave, shown most clearly during the difficult times of the peace process, and his commitment to the values of genuine democracy that he demonstrated in the development of the institutions in Northern Ireland. As president of Ireland, I wish to pay tribute to his immense contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland -- a contribution which has rightly been recognised across all shades of opinion.feedback

Austin Stack

I'm very aware of the fact that Martin McGuinness had questions to answer in relation to the Claudy bomb, there were questions over the Enniskillen bomb and he also had questions to answer in relation to the death of Frank Hegarty. There are people who never got their answers.feedback

Martin McGuinness

"My war is over. My job as a political leader is to prevent that war and I feel very passionate about it."feedback

Ian Paisley

There will be a fight for peace. You have to fight for peace. And we are dedicated to that.feedback

Martin McGuinness

I've always believed throughout the course of my political life that Ian Paisley was a very bitter, very harsh person and was really only interested in his political opinion holding sway. I am not offering up what he thought about me. Obviously he probably had as poor an opinion of me as I had of him.feedback

Eileen Paisley

It gave Ian a lot of happiness as well to know that he had left that impression with [him]. His friendship with Martin McGuinness had meant something very special to him.feedback

Martin McGuinness

I don't really care how history assesses me, but I'm very proud of where I've come from.feedback

Peter Hain

He had the grassroots credibility of a republican leader and former IRA commander, that could enable him, along with Gerry Adams, to take his followers, to take republicans, from the past of terror and horror into a democratic future, which is what he did. Sometimes in the history of conflicts - and, goodness me, the island of Ireland has been involved in centuries of conflict with Britain - you need leaders who can rise above their past and, at that point, Martin McGuinness certainly stood the test and proved to be an indispensable figure.feedback

Martin McGuinness

I liked her courage in agreeing to meet with me. There's nothing I have seen in my engagements with her that this is someone I should dislike - I like her. She knows my history. She knows I was a member of the IRA. She knows I was in conflict with her soldiers, yet both of us were prepared to rise above all of that.feedback

Peter Hain

Sometimes in the history of conflicts – and, goodness me, the island of Ireland has been involved in centuries of conflict with Britain – you need leaders who can rise above their past and, at that point, Martin McGuinness certainly stood the test and proved to be an indispensable figure. I realized watching the Ashes series on the television in the corner of my office ...that he actually was following the England cricket team, he knew all the players.feedback

Michael D Higgins

The world of politics and the people across this island will miss the leadership he gave, shown most clearly during the difficult times of the peace process, and his commitment to the values of genuine democracy that he demonstrated in the development of the institutions in Northern Ireland.feedback

Ian Paisley

As a son who was very close to his father I could give respect to anyone who could give respect to my father and treat my father with respect. We did end up getting on in a respectful and friendly way.feedback

Arlene Foster

He served the people of Northern Ireland as deputy first minister for nearly a decade and was pivotal in bringing the republican movement towards a position of using peaceful and democratic means. In recent years his contribution helped build the relative peace we now enjoy. While our differing backgrounds and life experiences inevitably meant there was much to separate us, we shared a deep desire to see the devolved institutions working to achieve positive results for everyone. I know that he believed that the institutions were the basis for building stability.feedback

Jonathan Powell

The former IRA man made the Good Friday Agreement work. But now power-sharing is under threat, and the stage is set for a return to grievance politics. When I first met Martin McGuinness in October 1997 I declined to shake his hand. As far as I was concerned he was a terrorist and a member of an organisation that had shot and wounded my father, and put my brother on a death list for eight years.feedback

Peter Sheridan

I had already accepted that Martin McGuinness had moved on. When I witnessed his historic handshake with the Queen I realised it was as much about reaching out the hand to the Unionist community as doing so with her.feedback

Stephen Gault

My feelings are with the Enniskillen families. Martin McGuinness has taken to the grave the truth and the answers that we need to be able to move forward. He knows who bombed Enniskillen. Initially my thoughts and prayers go out to the Enniskillen victims. I will always remember Martin McGuinness as the terrorist he was. If he had been repentant my thoughts might have been slightly different. But he took to his grave proud that he served in the IRA. There was no remorse or repentance from him even up to his death.feedback

Margaret Veitch

But I certainly won't be sending any sympathy card because I got no sympathy card from them (the IRA). I am so sorry for all the innocent victims of Northern Ireland because we will never, never get the true story. Martin McGuinness chose to be a terrorist, he chose to go into government, he chose to take the bomb and bullet. My parents never had a choice - they died and we will never get justice.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Up until 26 March this year, Ian Paisley and I never had a conversation about anything – not even about the weather.feedback

Theresa May

While we certainly didn't always see eye-to-eye even in later years, as deputy first minister for nearly a decade he was one of the pioneers of implementing cross community power sharing in Northern Ireland. He understood both its fragility and its precious significance and played a vital part in helping to find a way through many difficult moments. At the heart of it all was his profound optimism for the future of Northern Ireland -- and I believe we should all hold fast to that optimism today.feedback

Stephen Gault

My feelings are with the Enniskillen families. Martin McGuinness has taken to the grave the truth and the answers that we need to be able to move forward. He knows who bombed Enniskillen. Initially my thoughts and prayers go out to the Enniskillen victims. My fear is Martin McGuinness is going to be remembered as this great peacemaker similar to the way Nelson Mandela was remembered after his death. My fear is that his horrific past will not be mentioned.feedback

Martin McGuinness

While we certainly didn't always see eye-to-eye even in later years, as deputy First Minister for nearly a decade, he was one of the pioneers of implementing cross community power sharing in Northern Ireland,'' said the statment. ''Before Mandela came out of prison he stretched out his hand in friendship to a people who had been arrogant, who had neglected the blacks, and who had been very narrow-minded,''.feedback

Theresa May

First and foremost, my thoughts are with the family of Martin McGuinness at this sad time. While I can never condone the path he took in the earlier part of his life, Martin McGuinness ultimately played a defining role in leading the Republican movement away from violence. In doing so, he made an essential and historic contribution to the extraordinary journey of Northern Ireland from conflict to peace.feedback

Martin McGuinness

I am an unapologetic Irish republican and I value very much the contribution Queen Elizabeth has made to the peace process and to reconciliation.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness. He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country. But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both. On behalf of republicans everywhere we extend our condolences to Bernie, Fiachra, Emmet, Fionnuala and Grainne, grandchildren and the extended McGuinness family. I measc laochra na nGael go raibh a anam dílis.feedback

Michael Noonan

We have the issues on the island of Ireland to do with the peace process, to do with relationships with Northern Ireland, to do with the free movement of people north and south and into the UK, which of course means the maintenance of the common labour market which we've had been Ireland and the UK for quite a long time. There's a second set of issues to do with trade then. And it's in our interests that we would come as close to the UK having a free trade agreement with the European Union as is possible, because 1.2 billion worth of trade crosses the Irish sea every week.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

I presented the Congressional leaders with Sinn Fein's proposal 'The Case for the North to achieve Designated Special Status within the EU'. I asked the Congressional leaders to support this position. It has been suggested that British Direct Rule could be imposed if there is no agreement. This would be an enormous act of bad faith by London and a reversal of the joint position set out by the two governments (of Britain and Ireland) in 2006.feedback

Theresa May

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has looked at this issue. It is not right to have a border poll at this stage. What we should all be focusing on is bringing the parties together to ensure that we can continue to see the devolved administration in Northern Ireland working, as it has done, in the interests of the people of Northern Ireland. We want to see that devolved administration being formed and that is what all the parties should be looking for at the moment.feedback

James Brokenshire

There is a limited window in which the assembly and executive can be restored.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

We are very clear about our view that if recent statements by James Brokenshire and Theresa May are to be taken at face value then the British government is going to make all the mistakes that it made in the past.feedback

Arlene Foster

I am listening not just to those who voted for the DUP but to those who cast their votes for other parties. When the talks begin on Monday I will seek to work with other parties to create the circumstances where we can not just get the executive up and running again, but do so in a way in which it will endure.feedback

Peter Hain

I thought I’d be the last minister to govern from London. But after the collapse of power-sharing, and now this seismic election result, I’m not so sure.It was an it-will-never-ever-happen moment when, in May 2007, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness together took power in Northern Ireland’s devolved government. Optimism reigned, and I said I would be the “last direct-rule secretary of state”. But after 10 years of stable and peaceful devolution that prediction could be undone.feedback

Arlene Foster

I can't dictate who leads the DUP, but I can dictate who we [Sinn Féin] go into government with.feedback

Brendan O'Leary

In general, the power-sharing institutions have been a remarkable success. The core institutions functioned, and they presided over what, by comparative standards elsewhere in the world, has been a remarkably successful peace process. From Sinn Féin's point of view, not only were the DUP being ideological, they were acting against the evident self-interest, the material self-interest of Northern Ireland. And so if you have a partner that is irresponsible, a partner that won't listen to advice, it's a very difficult issue.feedback

John McGarry

[T]he big elephant in the room is Brexit, which these two parties [Sinn Féin and the DUP] have taken different positions on.feedback

Arlene Foster

I think it's very clear that was absolutely not about RHI. It may have been the excuse but it certainly wasn't the cause of the election. The cause of the election was Sinn Fein and republicanism wanting to rerun the election, they have mobilised their vote in a very effective way. I am pleased that the DUP has come out as the largest party in terms of votes. It is very clear in terms of unionism that it is the Democratic Unionist Party that speaks for unionism.feedback

James Brokenshire

Northern Ireland has made great strides forward over the past two decades. All of us must continue the work of building a stable, peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland that works for everyone, based on the strong foundations of the Belfast agreement and its successors.feedback

Charlie Flanagan

As co-guarantors of the Good Friday agreement and subsequent agreements, the Irish and British governments stand ready to provide whatever support or engagement may be necessary to re-establish the devolved institutions. In this regard, I plan to be in touch with the parties in Northern Ireland and with Secretary of State Brokenshire over the next 24 hours.feedback

Tom Smyth

This is terrible. There will be no living with them (Sinn Fein) now. All my life there has been a Unionist political majority. I feel a bit exposed now and wonder what the future holds.feedback

Michelle O'Neill

I think it's a brilliant day for equality, I think it's a great day for democracy. The vote has increased. I think that is because people knew that action needed to be taken, they have had their say, we now need to get down to the business of fixing what's wrong and delivering for all citizens.feedback

Colum Eastwood

We are very, very happy. This has been a fantastic turnaround for the SDLP. In a very poisonous atmosphere. We have come out with an increased support and I don't think anybody was predicting that.feedback

Mike Nesbitt

In pure terms, the buck stops here. We will get there. Some day Northern Ireland will vote as a normal democracy. We will vote in a post-sectarian election, but it's now clear it will not happen during the duration of my political career.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

It is also a re-assertion of our position on Brexit, that this part of Ireland should have a special designated status. Whatever your position is on the constitutional issue, that the only way to stop a land frontier between a European state and the British state on this island is to make sure there is a special designated status within the European Union for this part of Ireland.feedback

Peter Hain

To effectively hand power back to London would I think be a disaster for devolution and a serious set back for progress in Northern Ireland.feedback

Jon Tonge

If Sinn Fein becomes the largest party, the DUP will not go into government with them and if the DUP remain the largest party, Sinn Fein have said they won't work with Arlene Foster. I just don't see it happening.feedback

Jon Tonge

The prospect of a devolved government being formed, which was already slim anyway, is very remote.feedback

Jon Tonge

There's a distinct possibility that Sinn Fein could become the largest party. There's also a possibility that there could be a tie.feedback

Peter Hain

That would be a total failure of the politicians of Northern Ireland.feedback

Simon Blackburn

A lower alcohol limit would help to deter motorists from drinking at all before getting behind the wheel and encourage them to have 'none for the road'. With Northern Ireland set to follow Scotland's example, and numerous organisations supporting a lower alcohol limit, the government should examine the evidence from other countries and lower the drink-drive limit in order to improve public safety.feedback

Chris Brunt

That was the hardest part about it. I've had some tough times playing for Northern Ireland, individually and with results, too. I made my debut when I was 19, back in 2004, so you go through a lot of qualifying campaigns and get very little back, whereas that Euro 2016 campaign was really enjoyable. But that's life. What happened to me has happened to many people.feedback

Gerry Kelly

What we want are short negotiations to sort these issues out.feedback

James Brokenshire

The political process in Northern Ireland continues and my absolute intent and resolve is to see that we get devolved government back into place at the earliest possible opportunity and I'm not contemplating anything else.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

We don't want to have hard borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic. We want to have the Good Friday Agreement not to be put under risk and we want land borders be as open as possible. Because the Irish challenges in this very contexts are not only Irish challenges, they are European challenges.feedback

Michelle O'Neill

It's a huge honour and a big, big privilege for me to be chosen be the new leader in the north and follow in the footsteps of Martin McGuinness, a political giant.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Last year, Gerry Adams and I confirmed that we had a plan in place for transition to a new leadership. For my part, it was my intention to step aside in May this year. Unfortunately, my health and the current crisis have overtaken this time frame. I am not physically able to continue in my current role and have therefore decided to make way for a new leader.feedback

Arlene Foster

As Deputy First Minister for almost a decade Martin McGuinness has been a major figure at Stormont. While never forgetting the past, I believe the work at Stormont provided the foundations for our relative peace today.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Martin. He and I first met over 45 years ago behind the barricades in Free Derry and have been friends and comrades since.feedback

Carsten Nickel

Additional administrative burdens on businesses and the restoration of a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are among the problematic effects.feedback

James Brokenshire

No-one should underestimate the challenge faced to the political institutions here in Northern Ireland and what is at stake. While it is inevitable that debate during an election period will be intense, I would strongly encourage the political parties to conduct this election with a view to the future of Northern Ireland and re-establishing a partnership government at the earliest opportunity after that poll.feedback

Conor Murphy - Sinn Fein

There will be no return to these institutions of the Good Friday Agreement unless we have equality, unless we have respect, unless we have an end to the corruption of these institutions and corruption within these institutions. There can be no return unless there's fundamental change to the approach of the DUP and how they do power sharing.feedback

Arlene Foster

Northern Ireland does not need, nor does its people want, an election. With the triggering of Article 50 to leave the European Union, a new president in the United States of America, a volatile global economy, now more than ever Northern Ireland needs stable government.feedback

Ollie Woodhouse

Brexit is a complete mess and everyone here seems to be ignoring it. It is definitely time for change in Northern Ireland.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Sinn Fein will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party). We now need an election to allow the people to make their own judgment.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Over this period of the elections, both the British government and the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) in my opinion have grievously undermined the institutions and have eroded public confidence. So we in Sinn Fein will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster (First Minister of Northern Ireland) and the DUP.feedback

Martin McGuinness

The First Minister has refused to stand aside, without prejudice, pending a preliminary report from an investigation. That position is not credible or tenable.feedback

Martin McGuinness

My health has absolutely nothing to do with this whatsoever. If the DUP think in the aftermath of an election they're going to step back into ministerial positions short of resolving the critical issues, then they're living in a fool's paradise.feedback

Enda Kenny

I want to say that the Pope has confirmed that he is coming to Ireland for the World Meeting of the Family – a fact that I appreciate very much – arising from the invitation of the Irish Bishops. We discussed what he might do and obviously that is a matter for His Holiness and the Bishops and if that means that he also travels to Northern Ireland, then we will co-operate and assist in whatever arrangements are arrived at.feedback

Juan Manuel Santos

Since the beginning of the negotiations with FARC, the United Kingdom has been a strong supporter of the search for peace in Colombia by sharing its experience with the Northern Ireland peace process, by exercising its leadership in the UN Security Council, or by contributing to planning for implementation of post conflict strategies.feedback

Martin McGuinness

There is absolutely no good news whatsoever about Brexit. There are no good opportunities flowing from Brexit and I made it clear to the British Prime Minister that the democratically expressed wishes of the people of the North, who see their future in Europe, who voted to remain in Europe, should be respected.feedback

Martina Anderson - Sinn Fein

Europe is not going to allow the free movement of goods and people into its territory without there being some sort of checks and balances. There's not going to be this back door wide open. There's 23,000 people cross the border every day to work or to study. Whatever border is erected would be problematic.feedback

Martina Anderson - Sinn Fein

The North is going to be seen as the ugly duckling on the dance floor. A key reason investors were drawn to Belfast in the past two decades was access to the 500 million customers in Europe.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Whoever it is, is going to have to deal with what we think is a legitimate demand from Sinn Fein on foot of a vote that is so hugely detrimental to the people of the north, to in a civilised way, conduct a border poll, a referendum.feedback

Alyn Smith

I represent Scotland within this house. And I'm proudly Scottish, I'm also proudly European, and the people of Scotland, along with the people of Northern Ireland and the people of London and lots and lots of people in Wales and England also voted to remain within our family of nations. Scotland did not let you down, please, I beg you, chères collègues, do not let Scotland down now!feedback

Bart Friedman - Cahill Gordon & Reindel

I think it's not such a clear choice. I'd want to understand a little bit more about how Ireland is going to process these very real political challenges caused by Brexit. There's a lot of countries in play, I wouldn't underestimate the political risk with Northern Ireland.feedback

Martin McGuinness

Well I do believe that given the vote that has been taken by English voters effectively dragging ourselves and Scotland out of the European Union, that we do have a right to test opinion.feedback

Martin McGuinness

The implications for all of us on the island of Ireland are absolutely massive. This could have very profound implications for our economy (in Northern Ireland).feedback

Courtney Robinson

The purpose of taking the pills is to show they are safe because in the North (Northern Ireland) there is a lot of scaremongering around the issue.feedback

James Brokenshire

We need to continue the reforms to reduce net migration from outside of Europe, which still maintains the majority (of new arrivals).feedback

Peter Robinson

Dr. Karadzic is disappointed. He's astonished. He feels the trial chamber took inference instead of evidence in reaching the conclusions that it did.feedback

Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein

Everything that is wrong with our society now is a result of decisions taken by the three people to my left. Michael (Martin) did drive the bus over the cliff and now he wants the keys back to get into the bus again.feedback

Martin McGuinness

I want a United Ireland where everyone has a good job and enough to live on. … I'd be willing to sweep the roads in my world, and it wouldn't seem like a bad job if they got the same wage as everybody else, but do you not think now that people are just too greedy? Somebody always wants to make a million. Anyway, before you can try, you have to get this country united. We'd make sure that Protestants are fairly treated.feedback

Norman Tebbit

Few public figures have made such a journey from violence to peace as Martin McGuinness, and many people will acknowledge the contribution and commitment to the common good which he made in the latter part of his life.feedback

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