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Prince Charles meets Sinn Féin president, today

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Published: 05:20 GMT, May 19, 2015 |
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Prince Charles is to meet Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at the start of a royal visit to Ireland today (Tuesday). Mr Adams will be among a number of politicians to greet the prince as he begins his four day visit. The meeting in Galway will be the first in the Republic of Ireland between the Sinn Féin leadership and a member of the British Royal Family. Party chairman Declan Kearney said it was to promote “reconciliation and healing”.

Mr Kearney said both Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness would be meeting the prince. “This was agreed to promote the process of resolving past injustices and promoting reconciliation and healing,” he said. In 2012, Mr McGuinness met the Queen in Belfast in his role as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister. The handshake between Queen Elizabeth and the former IRA commander, at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, was considered historic.

During his own trip Charles, joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit the village of Mullaghmore in County Sligo, where his great-uncle, Earl Mountbatten, was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.