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Peacemaker Brendan Duddy to be laid to rest in native city

By Brett Campbell

Londonderry will pay tribute to Northern Ireland's "secret peacemaker" today at the funeral of Brendan Duddy.

Mr Duddy, who acted as a mediator between republicans and the security services, died surrounded by his family in Altnagelvin Hospital in the city on Friday. His funeral service will take place at St Eugene's Cathedral at 11.30am.

The father-of-six had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in 2010 and was last seen embracing DUP leader Arlene Foster in March at the funeral of Martin McGuinness.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams described him as "a tireless advocate for peace over four decades".

"Often he was in the background quietly working away. Occasionally his role would become more public. But there was always a constant in his determination and commitment to finding agreement, achieving progress, and ending conflict."

He also acted as an intermediary during the Maze hunger strikes in 1980 and 1981.

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