Sinn Fein to decide on whether Martin McGuinness will meet Queen

NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION''Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.

NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION''Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.

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Sinn Fein will today decide whether Martin McGuinness will meet the Queen.

The republican party’s leadership is meeting in Dublin to decide whether they should take the historic step that comes 33-years after the IRA murdered the Queen’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten.

The Queen is in Belfast next Wednesday and has been invited to attend a cross-border charity event with Stormont Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

There has been speculation that the senior republican and former IRA commander would shake the Queen’s hand.

Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy said: “We have a responsibility to contribute to genuine reconciliation and we always were prepared to consider a genuine proposition and we have one on the table.

“We wanted to ensure we were part of a genuine reconciliation, not some sort of PR exercise but something which has a meaning and can make a contribution to the peace process and can contribute to bringing communities closer together.”

Now Co-operation Ireland has announced it is to host an event for the Queen and the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins next Wednesday to celebrate the arts and culture across the island of Ireland.

It said: “We are inviting the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to join us.”