Saturday September 19, 2020

Sinn Féin's brave new world can't come soon enough

Martin McGuinness's handshake with Queen Elizabeth could signify the first step in a journey towards the establishment of a wide-ranging commission, writes Tom McGurk.

30th June, 2012
'Survival was clearly on McGuinness's mind. As ever, he came camouflaged in case of ambush, armed only with a green tie in one hand'.

As exclusively forecast six weeks ago in this column, Queen Elizabeth and Martin McGuinness finally had their little rendezvous and handshake.

In the end, it all seemed painless, if nonetheless extraordinary. World press veterans of the Troubles - back once again in their old stomping ground, the Europa Hotel - were shaking their heads in astonishment while, at the Lyric Theatre, Prince Philip looked like he was trapped in a room with a bad smell....

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