McGuinness: I was never IRA chief of staff
Martin McGuinness today denied that he was ever the chief of staff of the IRA.
In an interview on the Ray D'Arcy show on Today FM, he said he was never the leader of the IRA.
"That is an accusation that has been levelled at me. It is absolutely untrue."
When asked who was the chief of staff in 1979, Mr McGuinness replied, "I don't know, I wasn't in the IRA at the time."
Mr McGuinness said he had joined the IRA in the 1970s because he and members of his community were treated as second-class citizens.
Mr McGuinness also denied claims that he had enticed Frank Hegarty to return to his home in Derry in 1986, where he was then murdered by the IRA.
"It's a total misrepresentation of what happened at that time. But I'm not going to say anything that will hurt the Hegarty family any more."