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Monday 24 November 2014

Martin McGuinness makes peace with his RTE inquisitor

Martin McGuinness said questions from RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan were 'totally out of order'
Martin McGuinness said questions from RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan were 'totally out of order'

The last time they met emotions ran high. But RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and Irish presidential candidate Martin McGuinness had a “friendly conversation” when they came face to face again yesterday.

The Sinn Fein leader proved yesterday morning he still has his peace-making skills, immediately offering the Prime Time host the hand of friendship when they met at the Mansion House in Dublin.

“Martin and I had a very friendly conversation,” the presenter said.

Mr Guinness concurred, saying: “It was indeed a friendly conversation with Miriam.”

The meeting, which took place ahead of a presidential forum on disability organised by Inclusion Ireland, was their first since the candidate and the presenter had a heated exchange following RTE's presidential debate.

McGuinness asked for a one-on-one with her in the RTE studios last Wednesday to discuss her questioning.

“That was a private meeting so my lips are sealed,” Ms O'Callaghan said.

RTE sources described the host as being left “shaken” by the encounter.

Mr McGuinness confronted her over certain exchanges in the debate. At one stage Ms O'Callaghan had asked him on how he could reconcile his religious beliefs with “being involved in the murder of so many people” as a member of the IRA.

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