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Martin McGuinness, Who Lived A Life Divided Between Violence And Peace, Dies At 66

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Martin McGuinness on Jan. 23, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Martin McGuinness on Jan. 23, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander, died Tuesday. He was 66. The Irish Republican Army, representing Catholics who wanted to split from the United Kingdom, fought a bloody war against Protestants, who wanted to remain in the U.K. The decades-long conflict known as "the troubles" left thousands dead.

But eventually, McGuinness played a key role in the power-sharing government that united the two sides after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Here & Now's Robin Young hears reaction from Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen (@globecullen), formerly the newspaper's London bureau chief.

This segment aired on March 21, 2017.

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