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Poll: Should Martin McGuinness shake hands with the Queen?

Sinn Féin is expected to decide today whether McGuinness should make history by greeting the UK monarch. So what do you think?
Jun 22nd 2012, 10:15 AM 10,070 159

THE SINN FÉIN Ard Comhairle is expected to decide today on whether Martin McGuinness will shake hands with Queen Elizabeth II next week.

As Deputy First Minister for the North, McGuinness has been invited to an event hosted by Co-operation Ireland which will be attended by the Queen as well as President Michael D Higgins.

McGuinness famously declined to attend events held during the Queen’s visit to Ireland last year. However, the Sinn Féin mayor of Cashel Michael Browne broke ranks by greeting the UK monarch, becoming the first party figure to officially do so.

Sinn Féin vice president Mary Lou McDonald said this morning that there were “very big outstanding issues that need to be resolved” by the Ard Comhairle, but the party was committed to ”a genuine reconciliation between the green and the orange”.

So what do you think? Should Martin McGuinness shake hands with the Queen?

Poll Results:

Yes (2350)
No (1441)
I don't know (288)

Read: SF leaders to discuss potential McGuinness meeting with Queen Elizabeth>

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