Arlene has helped put Martin in history books
We have come to the end of an era with Martin McGuinness's retirement for health reason.
Martin has carved a unique role for himself in Irish history. Because of his courage, relentless determination and ability - and because of the solidarity of his colleagues and the support of the voters - he could pull off the impossible.
However, there was one ceiling even he could not break through: unreconstructed Orange anti-Catholicism. This delayed his final political apotheosis - until Arlene Foster came along. Because of Arlene's lack of grace, Martin's apotheosis has been spectacularly revealed.
From now on, one will hardly see a negative word about Martin McGuinness.
This may well be Arlene Foster's enduring contribution - the apotheosis of her former co-First Minister.
Of such stuff, miracles are made. God bless Martin McGuinness and grant him a speedy recovery.
FR SEAN McMANUS
President, Irish National Caucus
Washington, DC, USA