The former Sinn Féin head at Stormont was living in virtual squalor at a near-derelict cottage without electricity or running water in the days before his death - far away from his comfortable terraced home in republican west Belfast, which has remained empty since he fled in December.

The Democratic Unionist Party’s Ian Paisley Jr had asked at the time whether Mr Donaldson’s admission was a death sentence, and four months later, it appears that it was.