Sinn Fein badly damaged by loss of Martin McGuinnessMcGuinness was a mass murderer, but he was also a first-rate strategist and diplomat, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
We've learned a lot recently about the exceptional talents of Martin McGuinness as Sinn Fein's main strategist and diplomat. Such was his intelligence, cunning, the power of his personality and his remarkable manipulative skills that he caused President Michael D Higgins's already dodgy moral compass to give up the ghost completely. His statement on the death of McGuinness, a serial mass murderer, had nothing but positives.
Expressing his "great sadness", he paid tribute to McGuinness's "immense contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland - a contribution which has rightly been recognised across all shades of opinion".
True. But at least most shades of opinion admitted that he had done a lot of bad things in the past.