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Eddie McGrady death: Unity at Assembly as parties pay tribute to 'gentleman'

BY NOEL MCADAM

The rare sound of unity has been heard in the Assembly chamber in tributes to the late SDLP MP Eddie McGrady.

From republicans to hardline unionist MLAs, the Stormont parties united to praise the former South Down MP, who died following a lengthy battle against cancer on Monday.

The 78-year-old is to be buried tomorrow after requiem mass at St Patrick's Church in his home town of Downpatrick.

The cortege is due to leave his home at Saul Brae at 9.15am.

Sinn Fein's Catriona Ruane – who he defeated in the 2005 Westminster election – said: "I always found him to be a very courteous colleague and... he will be missed by all of us."

The DUP's Jim Wells – another rival at the polls in South Down – told the special Stormont session: "Eddie McGrady was the man people knew they could turn to."

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister added: "I found him to be... the perfect gentleman."

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