Saturday 23 September 2017

McGuinness referred to Mountbatten death in Queen meeting

Queen Elizabeth shakes hands with Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson
Queen Elizabeth shakes hands with Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson

Press Association

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness told Britain's Queen Elizabeth that he recognised she suffered loss in the Northern Ireland Troubles.













The Stormont Deputy First Minister revealed that he addressed the 1979 IRA murder of her cousin Earl Mountbatten when he met her privately in Belfast last Wednesday.



Mr McGuinness said the monarch was very gracious about what he said, although he would not say exactly what he said during the eight-minute discussion in the Lyric Theatre, which the Duke of Edinburgh also attended, or how Queen Elizabeth responded.



Referring to the assassination off Co Sligo, he said he told the royals that he recognised they had lost a relative.



"I said to the Queen and the Duke they too had lost a loved one," he said.



Mr McGuinness revealed some of the detail of the private meeting during an appearance on ‘Saturday Night with Miriam’ on RTE television last night.



The killing was discussed briefly after an historic handshake between the pair which has been hailed as a watershed moment in Anglo-Irish relations.



Mr McGuinness has not discussed any of the detail of the meeting until now. When he left the theatre he would only say that she was very nice and that he was still a republican.



Earl Mountbatten, who was also the Duke's uncle, was killed on board a boat off Mullaghmore by an IRA gang using a radio controlled bomb. One of the earl's twin grandsons, Nicholas, 14, and Paul Maxwell, 15, a local teenager employed to help on the boat, also died in the explosion.

Press Association

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News