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McGuinness 'fired gun' but never killed

Ralph Riegel and Fionnan Sheahan

Published 23/09/2011 | 05:00

Martin McGuinness yesterday claimed he never killed anybody when he was a member of the IRA.

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Despite being repeatedly accused of being a member of the IRA Army Council and the Provisional's Chief-of-Staff during the Troubles, Sinn Fein's presidential candidate insisted he was never indirectly responsible for somebody being killed.

The North's former deputy first minister said he had not run away from his past and moved on to make peace with political opponents in the Unionist parties in the North.

"I didn't say I never fired a gun -- I was in the IRA. There were battles on the streets of Derry. I've never run away from that," he said.

When asked if he had killed anyone, he answered: "No". When asked if had been indirectly responsible for somebody being killed, he answered: "No".

"But I'm not going to sensationalise in interviews with something that could then be used to the detriment of the peace process and to the detriment of my colleagues within government," he added.

"I have made my peace with Unionist leaders.

"And I do think some people in the media down here, some elements . . . need to think about peacemaking and how they make their peace with me."

Mr McGuinness described his opponents as "bitter".

"The people of Ireland will judge me much more fairly than some of those bitter opponents who have come into the media to criticise me in recent days."

Mr McGuinness was on the campaign trail in Cork City yesterday, where he followed in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth by meeting now-famous fishmonger Pat O'Connell in the English Market in the city centre.

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