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Hello and welcome to BBC Newsline. Washington.

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A former Provisional IRA commander who ended up shaking

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hands with the Queen, Martin McGuinness today said

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he will not be standing again for election.

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He's been one of the dominant figures of the last five decades.

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In recent weeks, despite a serious health condition, the 65-year-old

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is said to have had a key role in Sinn Fein's decision

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to prompt a snap election, triggered by his resignation.

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Tonight, friends and neighbours of Martin McGuinness threw

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a surprise reception for him at his home in the Bogside.

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Hundreds of people gathered outside his house where an emotional

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Mr McGuinness and his wife were surrounded by family.

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The only fair thing to do, which I have done today, was to make it

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clear that I will not unfortunately, even though it breaks my heart, my

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heart lies in the Bogside. Our political editor

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Mark Devenport has been speaking to Martin McGuinness and he first

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asked him why he'd decided not In the aftermath of the Assembly

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elections last year I was honoured to be asked to stay

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on as Deputy First Minister. I said I would do it

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for a further year, bringing me to the 8th of May this year,

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which would've been the tenth anniversary of going

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into government with Ian Paisley, I thought I was an appropriate time

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for me to stand aside as Deputy First Minister and make

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way for the new Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister, but, of course,

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the best laid plans of mice and men We have had two situations to deal

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with, I have had two One is the crisis at Stormont,

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and my own health problems, Really, I have been dealing

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with this health situation But I am very determined

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to overcome it. The question I ask myself is,

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are you capable, physically capable -- of fighting this election

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with the intensity that The honest answer is I am not

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physically capable or able to fight this election,

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so I will not be a candidate Aren't you disappointed

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that your decision to retire from politics has come at the time

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when the Stormont institutions have effectively collapsed and how hard

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do you think it will be If there is a will to face up to not

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go back to the status quo. I think that poses particular

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challenges to everybody, but more so to the DUP in terms

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of recognising that serious questions have been asked

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about the handling of different situations in the course

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of recent times, so I think I don't actually remember the last

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time I heard a member of the DUP use A particular disappointment to me

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in this, a small point in relation to the big acts of reconciliation

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I have been involved in, prior to the European Championships,

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the soccer championships in France this year, we suggested to the DUP

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that Arlene and I should travel to France and go together

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to a Northern Ireland game, I wasn't asking her to go

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to 1916 commemoration, It was an opportunity

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to reach out and Arlene went to the Northern Ireland match

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and I went to both. Your journey has been

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remarkable from the early days when you are open about your role

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within the IRA, to the later days when you have been

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seen as a peacemaker. Looking back on that,

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do you regret anything about your endorsement of the use

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of violence to further your errands? --

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of violence to further your aims? People need to look

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at the circumstances in the city It was a city where people

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were being murdered at the RUC, murdered wholesale as they were

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on Bloody Sunday, by The Parachute Regiment,

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and the fact that many young people like myself, supported by many

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thousands of people in the city, not saying there was a majority,

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decided to fight back. Mervyn Jess looks back

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on a life that went He started out as an IRA leader

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from the Bogside in Derry and became the Deputy First Minister

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of the power-sharing It was in the early 1970s that

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Martin McGuinness first came As the officer commanding the Derry

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part of the IRA operation, can't you say if the bombing

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is likely to stop the near future We will always take

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into consideration the feelings Raised in the Bogside in the early

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1950s as one of a large Catholic nationalist family,

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his father, William, was a foundry worker

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and his mother Peggy a housewife As conflict grew in the city,

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young Martin McGuinness join the IRA He was part of an Irish delegation

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involved with secret talks Reports that I am chief of staff

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in the IRA are untrue The bombings and killings continued

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and by the early 1980s Martin McGuinness was standing

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for election in Jim prior's assembly, but did not

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renounce the IRA campaign. At the end of the day it will be

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the cutting edge of IRA As part of the Sinn Fein peace

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strategy had been involved in protracted and secret talks

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with the British government. In January 2007, Sinn Fein

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through its support behind the new Police Service

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of Northern Ireland, paving the way for its appointment

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as Deputy First Minister, along with Ian Paisley

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as First Minister. This most unlikely combination

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got done by the media His relationships

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with First Minister is Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster

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for a businesslike and Sinn Fein boycotted the Queen's

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first visit to the Republic but when she came to Belfast

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the following year Martin McGuinness was one of those who

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welcomed her to the city. It was an encounter that was to be

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repeated several times His view that these gestures

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were not sufficiently recognised or reciprocated by Unionists

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became a source of tension Martin McGuinness's departure

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is a pivotal moment in politics Until the day I retire

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from politics or die, is to build a better future

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for all of our people. It is a political project,

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not a military one. The DUP Advisor accused of exerting

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influence in the renewable heat Yesterday a senior civil servant

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said he understood the adviser, Dr Andrew Crawford, was the person

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who influenced the decision to keep Dr Crawford says he has

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acted with complete The DUP leader Arlene Foster

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announced his resignation. Andrew has felt that given

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what occurred yesterday and indeed today that he was becoming

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a distraction to the important work not only of his Minister but indeed

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he was becoming the story and anybody who knows

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Andrew Crawford knows that he is a very private person

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and he certainly didn't Also today, the finance minister,

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Mairtin O Muilleoir, announced that he's setting up

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a public inquiry into the renewable heat scheme,

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something which his party, There are shortcomings

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in the Enquiries Act, so for example I am making a pledge today

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I will not interfere in any way. It is also delivered

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to the minister, so I am making a pledge now that we would ensure

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that any report will go There'll be much more on the day's

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political developments in an extended edition of The View

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after this bulletin. The weather forecast

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now with Angie Philips. It looks as though a hue of us will

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hold a quite a bit of cloud through the night. Parts of the West could

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add some lingering clear spells. Temperatures dipping close to

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freezing giving frost and mist and fog patches. The cloud will move

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West for a time. In the afternoon, brighter skies come from the south

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with sunshine breaking through, cloudy towards the east with pockets

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of drizzle will stop the weekend, fairly chilly but mainly dry.

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Our next BBC Newsline is at 6.25 in the morning

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Parents are facing an explosion in the number of children saying

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It was like a battle, like in a war zone. She would literally scream.

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Although the stories that we tell are fictional, at their core

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