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The Queen is to pay a state visit to the Irish Republic this year, the first by a British monarch since independence, it has been announced.
The Queen accepted an invitation from the Republic's President Mary McAleese, although no date has been released.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said the visit was an indication of a changed time but was "premature".
The success of the Northern Ireland peace process is thought to have made the visit possible.