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10:15 UK time, Wednesday, 9 May 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

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Tuesday was a hugely significant day in Northern Ireland, with the ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness sharing power (and jokes) with his former arch enemy, Ian Paisley.

But how important was it in the minds of the national newspaper editors?

A check on what pages the story appears is a blunt instrument but suggests the Daily Express thought its readers could do without such cheer. It gave more prominence to Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle criticising his hospital food.

And interestingly the Sun dedicated a greater fraction of its news pages to the story than the Daily Telegraph.

1-3, 27: Independent (no surprise there's a poster front page for "THE MIRACLE OF BELFAST")
1, 2, 4, 30: Guardian
1, 8-9: Sun
1, 12, 21: Telegraph
10, 20-21: Mirror
12-13, 14: Mail
16, 30-31: Times
17: Express

The bonhomie between Blair, Paisley and McGuinness caught even the most seasoned observers by surprise.

David McKittrick, the Independent's Ireland correspondent, wryly observed: "As they all smiled, it occurred to me that the troubles were ending not with a bang, but with a cuppa."

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