Martin McGuinness from IRA leader to peacemaker


Sinn Fein has agreed to a historic first meeting with the Queen following a special meeting of the party.

The Queen will meet Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness at a charity reception in Belfast next week.

The former IRA leader has been a major figure in the Irish peace process and has been deputy first minister of Northern Ireland for five years.

Such a meeting would once have been considered unthinkable but will now be viewed as a significant milestone.

Twenty-five years ago, when the Queen visited Northern Ireland to mark her Silver Jubilee, the IRA threatened it would be a visit to remember.

BBC Newsline's political correspondent Martina Purdy looks back, and traces Martin McGuinness's journey from IRA leader to peacemaker.

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