Book of condolence for Martin McGuinness opens at Kilkenny City Hall

While former Democratic Unionist leader Mr Robinson is set to be there, by Wednesday evening the party had still not confirmed whether his successor Arlene Foster would attend.

Theresa May, the British prime minister, will be absent from the service at St Columba's Cathedral but James Brokenshire, secretary of state for Northern Ireland, will attend.

It is expected to be one of the biggest funerals ever held in the city.

Thousands are expected to bring parts of Derry to a standstill as people say farewell to Mr McGuinness (66), who died in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a short illness.

"He was both a friend and a mentor and will be sorely missed".

He also struck up a warm relationship with the Queen, whom he praised for her contribution to peace.

Martin McGuinness's final journey will begin at his family home on Derry's Bogside soon after 1pm tomorrow.

Executive Committee members Saeb Erekat and Hanan Ashrawi expressed in two different statements the Palestinian people and leadership's heartfelt condolences over the departure of McGuinness, who was described as "a symbol of the just cause of the Irish people".

People lined up to sign a book of condolences in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.

  • Leroy Wright