On 16 September 2011 McGuinness was announced as the Sinn Féin candidate in the 2011 Irish presidential election. On 5 June 2008 he was re-appointed as deputy First Minister to serve alongside Peter Robinson who succeeded Paisley as First Minister.
James Martin Pacelli McGuinness (Irish: Máirtín Mag Aonghusa; born 23 May 1950) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has been the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland since 2007. He was also Sinn Féin's unsuccessful candidate for President of Ireland in the 2011 election. Like all Sinn Féin MPs McGuinness practised abstentionism in relation to the Westminster Parliament.