President Bill Clinton paid a moving tribute to Martin McGuinness during his funeral mass at St Columba's Church Long Tower today.

He offered a 'special appreciation' for First Minister Arlene Foster for her decision to attend the service when her 'life had been marked in painful ways by the Troubles'.

President Clinton also thanked Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the pro immigration speech he made in Washington last week in the presence of current President Donald Trump.

He called on people to 'embrace the future together'.

President Clinton said he 'treasured every encounter' with Mr McGuinness and summed up his life as 'I fought, I made peace, I made politics'.

He joked that Mr McGuinness was 'married to Gerry almost as long' as he was 'married to Bernie'.

President Clinton said that if people really wanted to honour Mr McGuinness' legacy they should 'go and make your own and finish the work of peace so we can all have a future together'.

He said that Mr McGuinness decided to 'give peace a chance' and 'he realised that you could have an Ireland, free independent and self-governing and still inclusive'.

President Clinton paid tribute to Mr McGuinness' support of underachieving Protestant schools when he became Education Minister.

He said that McGuinness had 'expanded the definition of us and shrank the definition of them'.

President Clinton urged politicians in Northern Ireland to work to restore power-sharing saying: "If you really came here to celebrate his life, and to honour the contribution of the last chapter of it you have to finish his work.

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