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Clarification: Mike Nesbitt

Mike Nesbitt has asked us to clarify that while speaking at the West Belfast Festival earlier this week he described Martin McGuinness as "a man of political integrity".

This follows a report in our edition yesterday, which contained part of a news agency account of the event.

The Ulster Unionist MLA for Strangford said: "I made a clear distinction in my remarks between Martin McGuinness the IRA man and Martin McGuinness the politician.

"I deplore what he did as a terrorist, but in all honesty have to say he demonstrated political integrity in my dealings with him at Stormont.

"While we disagreed on the past, we did recognise the toxic legacy it has created and our joint responsibility to put it right."

We are happy to clarify the issue.

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