News from Mannin Branch of The Celtic League:
Following the retirement of the Deputy First Minister of the Stormont government the Manx Nationalist Party has written to him to acknowledge his role in bringing stability to the North of Ireland after the troubles.
Martin McGuinness was pivotal in ensuring the process was successful and also built an unlikely working relationship and friendship with the DUP’s Ian Paisley who was First Minister for many years.
The text of the Mec Vannin letter is set out below:
“Mr Martin McGuinness
c/o Sinn Fein
52 Falls Road
Dear Mr McGuinness,
Mec Vannin, the Manx republican nationalist party, wishes to convey its support of your contribution to politics, the advancement of democracy, republican politics and peace in the north of Ireland.
Whereas your departure from Stormont leaves a difficult gap to fill, your demonstration that nationalism offers a genuine political future for all has built bridges that will be hard to break. It is, nevertheless, obvious that there lies a long road ahead for the people of the North and backsliders must not be tolerated.
We further congratulate you on your recent nomination for the Tipperary International Peace Award and wish you well for the future with a saying from our own language which you may recognise:
Slaynt as shee,eash dy vea as maynrys son dy bragh. Health and peace, length of life and enduring happiness.
Mec Vannin The Manx Nationalist Party”
Image: Martin McGuinness with the late Ian Paisley
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch
Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.