Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said tonight he would continue to offer positive political leadership and reaffirmed his commitment to reconciliation between the people of Ireland and Britain.
Speaking after meeting Queen Elizabeth at Hillsborough Castle, the deputy First Minister said;
"I am a proud Irish Republican and as such I am committed to working towards reconciliation and promoting mutual respect and tolerance among all the people of this island.
“I met Queen Elizabeth tonight in my role as Deputy First Minister, representing the entire community.
"Reconciliation requires bold gestures and this is the third time I have met with Queen Elizabeth as part of that continuing process.
"Tonight’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth was also about reaching out the hand of friendship to the unionist community.
“Everyone needs to do more of this. There is an onus on all political leaders to take big steps to move the process of reconciliation forward.”