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Martin McGuinness funeral: Senior political figures come in waves to pay their final respects

Mourners at Martin McGuinness' funeral included a vast array of political leaders. Presidents and Prime Ministers, past and present, rubbed shoulders with senior figures from Northern Ireland's parties and other individuals who played key roles in the peace process.

Irish President Michael D Higgins, his predecessor Mary McAleese and former US President Bill Clinton sat close together.

Many of Sinn Fein's highest ranking members - including party president Gerry Adams, Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill, party deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Kelly and Pat Doherty - were in attendance.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster attended, alongside colleague Simon Hamilton and former First Minister Peter Robinson.

Outgoing Ulster Unionist chief Mike Nesbitt also travelled to Derry, as did Naomi Long and David Ford from the Alliance Party, and former Justice Minister Claire Sugden.

The SDLP were well represented by party leader Colum Eastwood, Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan and Alasdair McDonnell. Nobel peace laureate John Hume and his wife Pat, along with the president of Co-Operation Ireland, Peter Sheridan, were in attendance.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin represented the Irish Government.

They were joined by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Barry Cowen TD, brother of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire represented the British Government and Alex Salmond represented the Scottish National Party.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton was also in the congregation and former Downing Street spin doctor Alastair Campbell also attended.

Leaders from the four main churches were represented including the Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown; Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good; First Derry Presbyterian minister David Latimer, and former Methodist president, Rev Harold Good.

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