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Video: Martin McGuinness tweets thanks for messages of support

A message of support from the people of Derry to Martin McGuinness at Free Derry Wall in the city. Picture by Derry Sinn Fein, Twitter 
Jennifer Maloney


FORMER Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has tweeted his thanks for the messages of support he has received since his resignation.

The Derry Sinn Fein politician tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: "I deeply appreciate the thousands of messages of support & good wishes that I & my family have received since yesterday. #ManyThanks."

Mr McGuinness, who is a prolific tweeter, has more than 67,200 followers on the social media forum.

There was a swift reaction on social media on Monday afternoon when Mr McGuinness announced he was stepping down as deputy first minister.

Sinn Fein party president Gerry Adams praised his colleague for on Twitter for "10 years of valiant service"

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson tweeted "As unwell as Martin is, he still oozes strength, dignity & leadership - he is my leader & I am so proud of him".

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long made reference to a Facebook post by Arlene Foster that raised eyebrows last week.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein in Derry have tweeted a picture of a sign supporting Mr McGuinness which was placed at Free Derry Corner in the city, close to where the politican was born and still lives.

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