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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth meets Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during a private audience at Hillsborough Castle, 23 June 2014. Deputy leader of Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness took part in his first one-on-one meeting with the Queen last night. (Source: Irish Independent).
 

Martin McGuinness:

I think from the contributions made by Queen Elizabeth it’s quite clear indeed – her visit to Dublin, meeting me in Belfast two years ago, the visit to Windsor Castle and again today – that she is someone who absolutely and passionately supports the peace process.

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says the Queen’s visit to the notorious Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast will be greeted by many ‘with astonishment’

Queen Elizabeth II (C), Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (R) and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness (L) visit the Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre on June 24, 2014 in Belfast

Queen Elizabeth II, Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (R) and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness (L) visit the Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre on June 24, 2014 in Belfast

Sinn Fein veteran and former IRA commander Mr McGuinness was held in the prison for over a month in 1976 on a charge of IRA membership – a count that was later dropped in court.

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