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Saturday, 9 February, 2002, 18:18 GMT
NI remembers Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret, the younger sister of the Queen
Princess Margaret, the younger sister of the Queen
Northern Ireland politicians and community leaders have paid tribute to Princess Margaret after she died after a stroke aged 71.

The younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II died at King Edward VII Hospital early on Saturday morning.

She had been ill for some time and had suffered at least two previous strokes.

The princess visited Northern Ireland nine times from 1947 to 1996.

John Reid:
John Reid: "She made a great contribution"

Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of Princess Margaret's death.

"Over many years she made a great contribution to Northern Ireland organisations and charities," he said.

Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble and Deputy First Minister Mark Durkan said "the contribution she made to many charities and voluntary organisations during her life will be missed".

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern expressed also his sympathy to the Royal family.

The Union Flag is flying at half mast at Belfast City Hall
The Union Flag is flying at half mast at Belfast City Hall

In a message to the Royal family he said: "On my own behalf and on behalf of my cabinet colleagues I wish to convey our deepest condolences to you on the death of her Royal Highness Princess Margaret."

The Union Flag at Belfast City Hall is flying at half-mast as a mark of respect to the Royal family.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Jim Rodgers said the city's thoughts and prayers were with the Queen, Queen Mother and the Royal family.

Mr Rodgers said the death was particularly sad, coming at the time when the Queen was preparing to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.

David Trimble:
David Trimble: "Princess will be sadly missed"

"The princess visited Northern Ireland no fewer than nine times and she was always warmly received by all sections of our community," he said.

"Due to her failing health she had not been in our country for several years."

Northern Ireland Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan also said he was saddened to hear of Princess Margaret's death.

The moderator of the Presbyterian church in Ireland, Dr Alastair Dunlop, said he shared "the nation's sadness at the death of Princess Margaret".

"My thoughts and prayers and those of the Presbyterian Church are with her entire family circle, particularly the Queen, the Queen Mother and her two children at this sad time," he said.


She has been very supportive always of guiding and she visited us here in Northern Ireland

Lorna Dane Guilding Association

The chief commissioner of the Guides Association in Northern Ireland said Princess Margaret, who was president of the Girl Guides Association, would be "very much missed".

Lorna Dane said that she had visited local guides at their centre, Lorne House, to present girls with their Queen's Guide Awards.

"She has been very supportive always of guiding and she visited us here in Northern Ireland," she said.

Princess Margaret's last visit to Northern Ireland was in 1996.

As president of the children's charity the NSPCC, she performed the official opening of Ballymena children's centre in the County Antrim town.

In October 1995 she officially opened the UK's first unit dedicated to ovarian cancer research at Belfast City Hospital.


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