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Ground-breaking handshake hailed.

THE historic handshake between the Queen and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, together with his words of blessing as they said goodbye, have been hailed as a watershed moment for Anglo-Irish relations.

The encounter between the former IRA commander - now Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister - and the Queen was unthinkable a little over 10 years ago.

The Queen and Mr McGuinness first shook hands away from the media. But as the Queen left they shook hands in public, as Mr McGuinness offered parting words in Irish and told her the phrase meant: "Goodbye and God's speed."

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* LINKED: Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2012
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