Commenting on the death of Martin McGuinness, Sir Malcolm McKibbin, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service said:
"It is with sadness that I have learnt of the death of former deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.
"Although his recent health issues were well documented this news will still come as a shock to many people.
"Martin was always very supportive and courteous to me as Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and he was tireless in his efforts to improve the workings of the devolved institution.
"There will be many tributes paid by political leaders both at home and abroad today, but Martin’s loss will also be acutely felt by his support staff who worked closely with him here in Stormont Castle. Martin was hugely appreciative of all their efforts and regardless of what was in the diary for the day, Martin always made time for them.
"I extend my condolences to his wife Bernie, his children, grandchildren and the wider McGuinness family."
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