Despite dark shadows from an IRA past, he was open, warm and likeable
The first time I met Martin McGuinness was in the early 1990s in a hotel bedroom near the Border. Albert Reynolds was Taoiseah and he had asked me to take a message to him.
I conveyed the message and awaited the reply as he wrote in a notebook. Then he said: "I'll have to bring it back to the IRA."
I ventured that he could just pop into the en-suite bathroom, look in the mirror and come back out to give me the answer. He smiled, and then said: "We'll be back to ye." As he left, I remember thinking I could get on with him.