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Ireland and Northern Ireland. There’s a Bloody Difference

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland celebrating her diamond jubilee in another part of her realm. She also made history when she shook hands with Martin McGuinness, the former commander of the IRA, which waged a bloody campaign for decades against British rule in Northern Ireland. He was even behind the assassination of the Queen’s cousin in 1979.

But there was an unfortunate error during “Good Morning America’s” story of the Queen’s visit. Correspondent Nick Schifrin was introduced and then identified as reporting from Ireland, not Northern Ireland: an egregious mistake considering the whole story is about the Queen, the IRA and therefore Northern Ireland’s status within the UK.

But, to ABC’s credit, they were the only network morning show to have a correspondent in Belfast for the historic gathering.

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