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Martin: I will meet Queen.

Byline: DECLAN BRENNAN

SINN FEIN's Martin McGuinness has said he will meet the Queen of England if he is elected Irish President. The 61-year-old former IRA leader and Deputy First Minister in the North was formally endorsed by the party yesterday.

In his first public address since being announced as the surprise candidate for the presidency, McGuinness said he would meet all international heads of state without exception.

Asked about the possibility of hosting British royalty, he said: "If the people of Ireland decided that I should be their President, my responsibilities and duties would be to meet heads of state from all over the world and to do that without exception, and that would be my position."

Sinn Fein officially boycotted the Queen during her historic visit to Ireland last May.

McGuinness, who admitted he was the Provisional IRA's second in command in Derry during Bloody Sunday, also said he was ready to tackle tough questions about the IRA during the presidential campaign.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2011
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