Northern Ireland to host G8 summit

Tue, Nov 20, 2012, 00:00

The British prime minister David Cameron has confirmed that Fermanagh will host the G8 summit of world leaders next June.

Mr Cameron on a visit to a factory in Co Armagh today said that the Lough Erne Hotel and golf resort will be the venue for the summit. It would "be a great moment for Northern Ireland", he said today.

It means that next summer Mr Cameron will be joined on the shores of Lough Erne by world leaders such as President Barack Obama, President Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

The other members of the G8 group are France, Italy, Canada and Japan.

Such summits draw huge protests from people such as anti-globalisation and anti-austerity demonstrators.

Providing security will be a major test for the PSNI and the leaders personal protection teams. The resort complex should prove suitable however as it has just one main entrance with a long drive to the hotel and is otherwise bounded by the lake. 

The 5-star resort is set on a 600 acre peninsula, has 59 rooms and 25 two and three bedroom lodges, and boasts a Nick Faldo designed great course where Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington have played.

The British prime minister made his G8 announcement at a factory in Co Armagh today where he engaged in a "PM Direct" meeting talking to and taking questions from staff.

"I want the world to see what a fantastic place Northern Ireland is," he said. "This will be a great moment for Northern Ireland."

Mr Cameron is also meeting First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during today's visit.