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Adams: Thatcher 'did great hurt to Irish and British people'

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has criticised Lady Thatcher, saying "her Irish policy failed miserably":

Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British Prime Minister.

Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies.

Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge.

Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering.

Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and ’81.

Her Irish policy failed miserably.

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Football clubs 'will not be asked to hold minute's silence'

Rob Harris, a reporter for The Associated Press, says the Premier League will not be asking clubs to hold a minute's silence for Margaret Thatcher.

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George W Bush pays tribute to 'inspirational leader'

Former US President George Bush paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying she was an "inspirational leader" and a "great example of strength and character."

Laura and I are saddened by the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. She was an inspirational leader who stood on principle and guided her nation with confidence and clarity.

Prime Minister Thatcher is a great example of strength and character, and a great ally who strengthened the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.

Laura and I join the people of Great Britain in remembering the life and leadership of this strong woman and friend.

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First Minister pays tribute to a 'truly formidable' Prime Minister

First Minister Alex Salmon has paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

"Margaret Thatcher was a truly formidable prime minister whose policies defined a political generation.

“No doubt there will now be a renewed debate about the impact of that legacy.

“Today, however, the proper reaction should be respect and condolences to her family."

– Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister

Scottish Conservative leader pays tribute to 'a true revolutionary'

The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher, following her death this morning.

“Baroness Thatcher was a true Conservative revolutionary - challenging out-dated institutions, confronting vested interests and transforming Britain into a property-owning democracy.

“She empowered millions of people in a way that was previously unimaginable and the positive impact of her legacy with be felt by thousands of families for decades to come.

“She proved to women everywhere there was nothing they couldn't accomplish.

“She will go down in history as one of the truly great Prime Ministers.”

– Ruth Davidson, Leader, Scottish Conservatives
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