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Can a former IRA commander lead Ireland?

DUBLIN, Ireland -- A former commander of the outlawed Irish Republican Army has created a political earthquake in Ireland by entering the campaign for president of the Irish Republic -- with an outside chance of success. Martin McGuinness, currently deputy first minister in the Northern Ireland power-sharing executive, will contest the Oct. 27 election as a candidate for Sinn Fein, the only political party which operates on both sides of the border.
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“…this DUP attempt to shift responsibility to Dublin, is a fiction too far.”

News : Slugger O'Toole (2 years ago)

Fascinating OpEd in yesterday’s Irish News from Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin. It’s the first time since I remember that a senior political leader in the Republic has taken the gloves off with anyone in Northern Ireland, let alo... Read Post

The #handshake that made history: Queen Elizabeth and Sinn Fein leader meet

News : Storyful (2 years ago)

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News : Slugger O'Toole (4 days ago)

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