Oscar Knox: First Ministers lead the tributes to Wee Oscar in Assembly
The five-year-old whose fight against cancer brought communities together has also united the Assembly in his death.
Parties yesterday staged a rare show of unity in an emotional tribute to 'Wee Oscar Knox' – led by the First Minister and deputy First Minister who met the boy when he turned their office "upside down".
Peter Robinson said: "He had a way of making you smile. You could not have been in his presence without smiling. When the deputy First Minister and I met him and he turned the office upside down, we were almost exhausted after he left."
Mr McGuinness said Oscar was very small, only five years of age, but "he united our community. We had the sight of Rangers fans and Glasgow Celtic fans expressing their support".
"Even last night in Philadelphia on the steps that Rocky ran up during that famous film, the sight of Irish-Americans placing candles with Oscar's name written on the stones was absolutely amazing. The message for all of us is very, very clear: we have to get real about what is important in life, and what is important in life is the future and our children," he added.
Ulster Unionist, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party MLAs also paid tribute to the child one MLA called "Northern Ireland's wee superhero".