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Martin McGuinness thanks public for 'thousands of messages of support' after resignation

Veteran politician has suffered ill health in recent weeks

By Claire Williamson

Martin McGuinness has thanked the public for their messages of support following his resignation as deputy First Minister.

Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland on Monday over Mrs Foster's refusal to stand aside during an investigation into the green energy scheme.

He said Mrs Foster's refusal to show humility over the scandal was "indicative of a deep seated arrogance which is inflicting enormous damage on the Executive, the Assembly and the entire body politic".

He said it was with "deep regret and reluctance" he was tendering his resignation.

Over recent weeks the veteran politician has suffered ill health.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday he said: "I deeply appreciate the thousands of messages of support & good wishes that I & my family have received since yesterday."

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Martin McGuinness resignation statement

Martin McGuinness' resignation letter in full 

Mr McGuinness had been deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland since 2007.

Over the course of his political career he has transitioned from a former IRA commander to being the face of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland.

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