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Martin McGuinness family request privacy amid reports of deteriorating health

The family of Martin McGuinness have requested privacy, Gerry Adams has said, following reports the former deputy First Minister's health has deteriorated.

The Irish News reported on Monday that the Sinn Fein veteran had spent the past two weeks in hospital.

Mr Adams would not comment on his colleague's health as Sinn Fein unveiled its new Assembly team at Stormont on Monday.

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Mr Adams said he wanted to send his best wishes to the former deputy first minister, his wife and family.

He added that the McGuinness family had requested privacy and that should be respected.

Mr McGuinness (66) retired from front-line politics due to his health in January. He resigned as deputy First Minister in the wake of the RHI scandal which led to last week's historic Assembly election.

The former IRA commander said he had intended to retire from politics in the summer but his health meant he was unable to run in subsequent election. Michelle O'Neill was selected by the party as his replacement.

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