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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

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