Iar-Uachtarán Shinn Féin Gerry Adams has expressed his deep sadness and sense of personal loss at the news of the death of Shane MacGowan.
Gerry Adams said:
“I am deeply saddened at the news of the death of my good friend Shane MacGowan. I extend my solidarity and condolences to Victoria and to his sister Siobhan, his family and many friends.
“I was with Shane and Victoria last Wednesday after he was released from hospital.
“I have been a fan of Shane for decades. He came to west Belfast on several occasions to play at Féile an Phobail.
“Shane was an extraordinary human being whose music and kindness lifted people’s spirit. His music is tremendous and his lyrics and writing reflect who we are as a people. The Pogues were one of the best bands ever.
“Ireland has lost a great patriot, a poet and friend of the down trodden and marginalised.
“Shane’s generosity and solidarity and his wonderful music and lyrics touched many millions over the years and will continue to do so into the future.
“Tá sé anois ar shlí na fírinne”