, , United Kingdom
|| May 23, 1950
|Died||March 21, 2017
|Contributor||Easily Offended Man|
Mar 21, 2017 06:41am
Irish - Socialist - Catholic -
|Info||James Martin Pacelli McGuinness |
Martin McGuinness was born in 1950. He became involved in the Civil Rights Movement in Derry after October 5th, 1968 and joined Sinn Fein in 1970.
Since Martin was elected to the Ard Comhairle (National Executive) of Sinn Fein, he has played a major role in promoting and supporting the strategy of the current peace process. He was a leading representative in the 1972 talks with the then British Secretary of State, William Whitelaw, in London.
Martin married his wife Bernie in 1974. They have four children, two girls and two boys.
In 1982 Martin McGuinness was elected to the short-lived Stormont assembly. Later that year he was excluded from entering Britain under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Martin McGuinness is Sinn F驮's Chief Negotiator. He led the party's delegation which, following the IRA cessation of 31st. August 1994, met with the British Minister, Michael Ancram, on several occasions at Stormont. Prior to that he represented Sinn F驮 in protracted secret contact and negotiations with representatives of the British government from 1990 until 1993. All of these meetings are documented in the Sinn F驮 booklet "Setting the Record Straight".
He also met in private meetings with Patrick Mayhew as part of Sinn F驮's attempts to persuade the British government to move beyond the impasse which had been created by its refusal to move towards all-party peace negotiations.
Martin has represented the Party in high level discussions with political leaders in Europe as well as America. Martin Mc Guinness was elected as a Sinn F驮 Negotiator in the Forum elections in May 1996. In 1997 Martin was elected MP for the Mid-Ulster constituency and re-elected again in 2001. In 1998 he was elected to the Assembly for the same constituency. He became Minister for Education in the new Assembly in November 1999 and was widely acclaimed for his work.