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MLAs pay tribute to 'Goliath' playwright Brian Friel

By Noel McAdam

Assembly parties have paid tribute to renowned playwright Brian Friel, who died last week.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "We have lost another Goliath of literature," referencing poet Seamus Heaney who passed away two years ago.

And he read a Heaney poem called Postscript.

Alliance's Anna Lo called the Omagh-born writer a "master craftsman". The SDLP's Colum Eastwood said Mr Friel's simple funeral on Sunday "probably indicates what kind of a man he was".

The UUP's Leslie Cree said: "His work is certainly highly respected and enjoyed at home and internationally. He was a remarkable man, and his passing leaves us all the shorter of that sort of people."

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