The death of former IRA commander Martin McGuinness has divided opinion in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland. To some he was a hero who fought back against the oppression of the British. To others he was a cold-blooded murderer who will rot in hell.
In truth, McGuinness was both a criminal and a catalyst for peace. Anyone examining his record will see his claims about his terrorist past were thoroughly dishonest. His statement that he was never in the IRA was rightly mocked as ridiculous—not least because he had openly admitted it so many times.