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Queen meets Martin McGuinness

The Queen today has met the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and former IRA member Martin McGuinness in a historic meeting at a Belfast theatre.

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The 'Troubles' in numbers

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will make a historic visit to Northern Ireland today. Tomorrow the Queen will meet and shake hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.

The so-called 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland lasted from 1969 until the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, though sectarian violence continued sporadically after this date.

Between 1969 and 2010 a total of 3,568 people died in the 'Troubles'. The majority of the victims were civilians from Northern Ireland, but attacks took place across the UK and republic of Ireland.

  • 1,879 civilians were murdered
  • 1,117 members of the British security forces were killed
  • 399 members of the Republican paramilitary forces died
  • 162 members of the Loyalist paramilitary forces died
  • 11 members of the Irish security forces were killed

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