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SF boss hails queen meeting

WHEN Martin McGuinness shakes the queen's hand he will be symbolically reaching out to hundreds of thousands of unionists, the senior Sinn Fein politician has said.

Mr McGuinness said it would be a vital step in securing reconciliation between nationalists and unionists ahead of tomorrow's meeting with Queen Elizabeth.

The Stormont deputy first minister has been criticised by republican hardliners over his decision to meet the queen at a celebration of culture in Belfast during her two-day visit to Northern Ireland.