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Queen's Sinn Fein handshae in Enniskillen ‘a bridge too far’

By Anna Maguire

A handshake between the Queen and Martin McGuinness could not have happened in Enniskillen, a survivor of the town’s Remembrance Day bombing has said.

Stephen Gault — who was injured in the November 1987 IRA bombing — was speaking after relatives of the victims met with the Queen on the first day of the monarch’s two-day visit yesterday. Stephen’s father Samuel was one of 12 people killed in the bomb explosion at the town’s cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday 25 years ago.

Mr Gault, just appointed as a member of the 25-strong Victims and Survivors Forum, said it would have been a bridge too far for the meeting to take place in his native Enniskillen.

“I can’t speak for the rest of the families, but personally I would not have liked to have seen the handshake in Enniskillen,” Mr Gault said.

“There is all this talk, ‘would Martin McGuinness shake the hand of the Queen?’ The way I look at it is, ‘does the Queen want to shake his hand?’

“As long as the handshake didn’t happen in Enniskillen, I don’t think I’m really that bothered.”

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