Tributes are being paid to well-known republican, Bessie McCartney, who has passed away.

Mrs McCartney, the mother of former Long Kesh hunger striker and Sinn MLA Raymond McCartney, celebrated her 92nd birthday earlier this month.

Paying tribute, Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Elisha McCallion described her as an “amazing woman.”

Mrs McCallion added Mrs McCartney would “never be forgotten” for she passed her love, strength and “wonderful character” onto her “equally amazing” sons, daughters and many grandchildren.

She concluded: “God bless you all this day and give you the strength to get through the next few days.”

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