Martin inspired generations of republicans like me with his ability to transform pain into possibility
It is hard to put into words the deep sense of loss that Irish republicans are feeling today. The untimely passing of Martin McGuinness has left a hole in our political world.
Martin was not just a colleague. He was at the very centre of our political gravity. With his calm determination he inspired, encouraged and led in equal measure.
My first real encounter with Martin was on a trip to Westminster with Gerry Adams in 1997.