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Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness shortlisted for peace prize

Sinn Fein veteran Martin McGuinness has been nominated for a peace prize which includes the likes of Nelson Mandela among its past winners.

The former Deputy First Minister, who stepped down from politics last month due to ill-health, is on the shortlist for the 2016 Tipperary International Peace Award.

Mr McGuinness, a former IRA commander, spent almost 10 years at the helm of devolved government in Northern Ireland with DUP leaders, first with the late Ian Paisley then Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster.

He stood down as Deputy First Minister amid the "cash for ash" scandal of the Renewable Heat Incentive which paid over-the-top subsidies for those who put in special boilers.

TUV East Londonderry candidate Jordan Armstrong criticised the decision to include Mr McGuinness on the shortlist.

"McGuinness remains unrepentant about his role in IRA terrorism," he said.

"What the Tipperary Peace Award Committee are really saying is that you can be involved in a terrorist organisation and be recognised for a contribution towards peace without expressing one scintilla of remorse or regret of the suffering you and your organisation caused," he said.

The former Sinn Fein chief negotiator joins five other contenders for the award including human rights lawyer Amal Clooney - wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney - who has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

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