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  1. MLAs gather for special assembly meeting to mark death of Martin McGuinness
  2. Former IRA commander and deputy first minister died on Tuesday, aged 66
  3. Assembly speaker invites MLAs to speak about former Sinn Féin figurehead
  4. Members sign book of condolence in Great Hall at Parliament Buildings
  5. Vigils held across Ireland ahead of funeral in Londonderry on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Iain McDowell

All times stated are UK

McGuinness tributes at Stormont come to a close

That brings us to the end of today's live coverage of the special assembly meeting to mark the death of Martin McGuinness .

The book of condolence that MLAs have been signing will be open to the public from 14:30 today.

Parliament Buildings at Stormont

A funeral for the former deputy first minister will be held in his native Derry tomorrow, and BBC News NI will have full coverage throughout the day. Goodbye.

Nesbitt and Long add their comments

Next up to add his name to the book of condolence for Martin McGuinness is Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.

Mike Nesbitt signs the book of condolence
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And he is followed by Naomi Long, the Alliance Party leader.

Naomi Long signs the book of condolence
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Eastwood pays tribute to fellow Derry man

Colum Eastwood signs the book of condolence
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Colum Eastwood, the SDLP leader, takes his turn to sign the book of condolence, having paid his tribute in the assembly chamber earlier.

United or divided?

They stand side-by-side today, but will that still be the case as the talks to save Stormont reach a conclusion in the next few days?

Michelle O'Neill and Arlene Foster

Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill and the DUP leader Arlene Foster have plenty of work ahead of them to get the institutions up and running again.

Lengthy queue to pay McGuinness respects

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Foster adds name to condolences book

Arlene Foster signs the book of condolence

DUP leader Arlene Foster, who shared much of the past year leading the Northern Ireland Executive with Martin McGuinness, adds her name to the book of condolence.

O'Neill leaves tribute to Sinn Féin predecessor

Michelle O'Neill signing the book of condolence

Michelle O'Neill now signs the book of condolence, as party leaders gather behind her to add their names and messages.

MLAs sign book of condolence

MLAs entering the Great Hall

Speaker Robin Newton closes the special meeting of the Assembly and leads MLAs out of the chamber, along the corridor and into the Great Hall.

Robin Newton signs the book of condolence
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He is first to sign a book of condolence that was opened at Parliament Buildings after Martin McGuinness' death.

'Martin gave his word, stuck to his word'

Former Alliance Party leader David Ford says Martin McGuinness "played a fundamental role in ensuring that this assembly and its institutions were complete with the devolution of justice in 2010".

David Ford

Remembering the resolution of one particularly sticky problem when he was justice minister, Mr Ford says "Martin gave his word, and he stuck to his word".

'We need to come to terms with our past'

"Our fragile peace process is at a crossroads", the Green Party's Clare Bailey tells the assembly.

Clare Bailey

As a society, Northern Ireland "urgently needs to come to terms with our past to give some form of peace" to victims of the Troubles who are still "living that pain, that trauma, that hurt", adds the South Belfast MLA.

'McGuinness was part of the journey to peace'

Independent MLA Claire Sugden says she was a child of the Good Friday Agreement and that Martin McGuinness "was part of that journey to peace".

Claire Sugden

She says that, as a unionist, she was brought up to regard him in a certain way, but when she was appointed justice minister last year "he was very kind and generous and supportive to me".

'McGuinness a product of civil rights denial'

Martin McGuinness was the product of a "discriminatory state, of the decades-long denial of civil rights to Catholics", according to People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll.

Gerry Carroll

"No-one, therefore, can seriously criticise Martin McGuinness and the choices he made without an understanding of the way the powerful forces created the environment in which he and thousands of other people grew up in."

He adds that Mr McGuinness "did not choose the circumstances in which he made history".

'His hands drip with the blood of the innocent'

Jim Allister of the TUV says Martin McGuinness "bears responsibility for many violent and needless deaths in our community".

Jim Allister

"His hands drip with the blood of the innocent," Mr Allister says, adding that his thoughts are with the families of the victims.

'McGuinness never acted superior to me'

Green Party leader Steven Agnew says his first meeting with Martin McGuinness was when they rummaged in a stationary cupboard at Parliament Buildings back when he was a researcher.

Steven Agnew

"He always treated me with respect as a political colleague and never acted superior," Mr Agnew adds.

'Debt of gratitude to those who brought peace'

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long says she does not believe there would be peace in Northern Ireland if it had not been for people like Martin McGuinness.

Naomi Long

She says MLAs need to "pay our debt of gratitude to all of those who have brought us this far".

Their duty now, she adds, is to "deliver a better legacy to the next generation than the one which we inherited".

'Clearly a man of his word'

Mike Nesbitt of the UUP says Martin McGuinness "was one of the most significant figures in this place over the past 10 years".

Mike Nesbitt

He adds that Mr McGuinness was "clearly a man of his word, a straight-dealing individual, and he was a man of political integrity".

'Journey ended with peace and partnership'

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, who like Martin McGuinness is a Derry man, says the former first minister believed the city was a "crucible of the peace process". 

Colum Eastwood

He acknowledges that Mr McGuinness' "journey" began in violence but ended "grounded in the principles of peace and partnership".

The Foyle MLA tells his fellow politicians that their job now is to "do what what Martin McGuinness would've wanted us to do" in breaking the deadlock and agreeing a way forward for the executive.

'McGuinness wanted to do good for people of NI'

Former first minister Arlene Foster pays tribute to Martin McGuinness on behalf of the DUP.

Arlene Foster

She says "many victims are feeling very hurt" at this time but she acknowledges that many republicans are missing "a leader, a friend, or a mentor".

"I think he wanted to do good and work for all of the people of Northern Ireland," she adds.

'McGuinness urged hope over fear'

Martin McGuinness's successor as Sinn Féin's leader at Stormont says he was a "political visionary".

Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill says he urged people to "choose hope over fear", and that "should be the clarion call" in the crucial weeks that are facing politicians in Northern Ireland as they attempt to restore a power-sharing executive.

"I rededicate our party to completing his life's work," Mrs O'Neill concludes.

Speaker opens tributes to McGuinness

Speaker Robin Newton begins by paying his own tribute to Martin McGuiness.

Robin Newton

He says that "without Martin McGuinness it is questionable whether there would be an Assembly".  

An enlightening walk with McGuinness

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Buffeted by a freezing wind on a chilly afternoon last April, I accompanied Martin McGuinness and his dog for a stroll around an ancient Irish hill fort just across the border on the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal.

Grianan of Aileach

Grianan of Aileach was a special place for the deputy first minister, perhaps because it reminded him of Ireland's ancient history, but also because it afforded panoramic views across the counties of Donegal, Derry and Tyrone.  

Read more: An enlightening walk

MLAs to mark McGuinness death

Speaker Robin Newton has recalled the Assembly, and MLAs will gather in the chamber at midday, when he will lead "an opportunity for members to pay their tributes and condolences" to Martin McGuinness.

Inside the Great Hall

Now reduced in number from 108 to 90 after this month's election, members should all have a chance to have their say - party leaders will have five minutes, all other MLAs will have three.

After that, Mr Newton will lead MLAs into the Great Hall in Parliament Buildings (above) to open and sign a book of condolence.

Reflecting on McGuinness's IRA past

Vincent Kearney

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

No-one knows how many people Martin McGuinness killed, directly or indirectly.

Martin McGuinness at an IRA funeral

As a senior commander within the Provisional IRA for many years, there is no doubt there was blood on his hands.

Read more: Martin McGuinness' IRA past in Derry

Obituary: IRA commander turned peacemaker

BBC News Northern Ireland

Martin McGuinness was the IRA leader who became a peace negotiator - an Irish republican who ended up shaking hands with the Queen.

Martin McGuinness's evolving language

He was hated and feared as a senior paramilitary figure and his death, as his life, has divided opinion.

Read more: Martin McGuinness obituary

Good morning

For the first time since the formation of this Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998, Stormont will be without one of its most recognisable and integral figures today.

Martin McGuinness

After his death yesterday at the age of 66 , MLAs have been making their way back up the hill to Parliament Buildings to mark the death of former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness .

The ex-IRA leader and Sinn Féin figurehead died in hospital on Tuesday.