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US City's Honour To 'Courageous' Martin McGuinness Condemned

Martin McGuinness was posthumously awarded the Certificate of Honour by San Francisco.

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The tribute hailed his work in bringing peace to Northern Ireland but also praised his courage in action (Picture: Sinn Fein).

People bereaved and injured by the IRA have criticised the decision by US city San Francisco to honour Martin McGuinness' "courageous service in the military".

They were reacting to the Certificate of Honour posthumously dedicated to the late Mr McGuinness and signed by the city's mayor London Breed ahead of St Patrick's Day.

The tribute to the former IRA commander-turned-political-leader hailed his work in bringing peace to Northern Ireland but also praised his courage in action.

Mervyn Lewers, a retired policeman from Mr McGuinness's native Londonderry, who lost both legs in an IRA under-car bombing, expressed his anger at the event to mark European Day for Victims of Terrorism.

"Can I say how disgusted I feel on the award that was given to Martin McGuinness," he said.

"I was born and raised in Londonderry when Martin McGuinness was IRA commander in the city at the time."

David Kerrigan's sister Heather was a 20-year-old corporal in the Ulster Defence Regiment when she was killed in an IRA landmine blast just outside their home town of Castlederg, Co Tyrone, in 1984.

Mr Kerrigan was on the same patrol and was badly injured in the attack.

"Martin McGuinness wasn't in an army - he was a terrorist, he was the leader of the terrorists," he said after Monday's commemoration in Parliament Buildings.

"We were just disgusted when we heard it."