First Minister Rt. Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA have expressed their sympathy at the death of David McClarty MLA.
The First Minister said: “David was a highly respected member of the Assembly and he will be greatly missed. He was one of our longest serving MLAs and worked tirelessly to help all of those he served.
“He was a man of great decency, honour and integrity. I extend my sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and his many friends.”
The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “ We have been concerned about David’s health for some time and it was with great sadness I learned of his passing. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
“David was a very progressive politician who developed positive relationships with everyone he met. He was the deputy speaker between 2007 - 2011 a role he carried out with distinction. David was a gentleman who was greatly respected by all.”