US President Barack Obama may be bound for Derry during the G8 summit.
Speculation is growing that the American Commander in Chief and the First Lady are to check into a local hotel when the world powers meet in Northern Ireland on June 17 and 18.
Although the summit is to take place amid super high security in Fermanagh’s Lough Erne Resort and Spa, leaders such as the US supremo and Russian leader Vladimir Putin may be opting to spend their down time away from the G8 spotlight.
Even though’s there’s been no confirmation just yet of any leaders of the world powers deciding to stay in Derry, local hotelier Conor Donnelly from the Beech Hill Country House Hotel - where US President Bill Clinton stayed several times - said he wishes the rumours were true. “We have a spot for Barack Obama’s picture waiting for him on our wall. But we’ve had no enquiries so far and that’s the truth.”
In the past the famous Ardmore Hotel has hosted dignitaries such as French President Jacques Chirac, US Presidential candidate John Kerry and US Senator Teddy Kennedy.
It’s understood that the US delegation for the Fermanagh summit alone will include up to 1,000 people staying in locations right around Northern Ireland and the bordering counties in the Republic.
Eight thousand police officers are expected to be on duty for the Fermanagh meeting of the G8 leaders. Protests are also expected during the international event.