Ex-IRA leader retiring

LONDON (AP) — Allies and political opponents are paying tribute to Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander-turned-peacemaker who is stepping down as one of Northern Ireland’s most influential politicians.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said McGuinness had played a key role in moving the Irish nationalist Republican movement toward “peaceful and democratic means.”

Leading pro-U.K. Protestant politician Ian Paisley, Jr., said today that McGuinness’ “remarkable journey … not only saved lives, but made the lives of countless people better.”