Friday 20 April 2018

Gerry Adams says SF have no objection to release of Queen handshake picture

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams at the party's offices on Parnell Square, Dublin after the Ard Comhairle meeting decided the party has accepted an invitation for Martin McGuinness to meet the Queen in Belfast next week. Photo: PA
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams at the party's offices on Parnell Square, Dublin after the Ard Comhairle meeting decided the party has accepted an invitation for Martin McGuinness to meet the Queen in Belfast next week. Photo: PA

Independent.ie reporters

SINN Fein president Gerry Adams said today that the party had no objection to the release of a picture of Martin McGuinness shaking hands with the Queen, contrary to earlier reports.

Mr McGuinness,the North's Deputy First Minister is due to meet Queen Elizabeth at a Cooperation North event in Belfast this week.

President Michael D Higgins will also attend the event and the symbolic first meeting between Sinn Fein and the Queen is seen as a historic moment in the peace process.

Louth TD, Mr Adams told RTE News today that Sinn Fein would have no objection to a picture of the event.

It was previously thought that the meeting would be in private and Sinn Fein was opposed to the release of an image of the occasion.

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