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Hamill’s Beat - Will the G8 be gr8?

PACEMAKER BELFAST  20/11/2012
 Prime Minister David Cameron  meets First Minister Peter Robinson , Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers  at Stormont Castle  in Belfast during his visit to Northern Ireland , During his visit  The Prime minister announced that The main venue for the annual  G8 event is to be  at Lough Erne golf resort near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh  next year  Photo Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/11/2012 Prime Minister David Cameron meets First Minister Peter Robinson , Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers at Stormont Castle in Belfast during his visit to Northern Ireland , During his visit The Prime minister announced that The main venue for the annual G8 event is to be at Lough Erne golf resort near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh next year Photo Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker Press

  • by Norman Hamill
 

Until last week we thought next year’s “Gathering” would be Ireland’s émigrés coming home to be “tapped up for few bob”, as Gabriel Byrne put it. Now we know the North’s special gathering is to be the G8 summit in Fermanagh.

Do world leaders have any idea how wet it is? For a couple of months in the year Lough Erne is in Fermanagh and for the rest of the year Fermanagh is in Lough Erne. Sure there’s powerful evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution in the fact Fermanagh people are born with webbed feet.

David Cameron said he was bringing world leaders to, “this beautiful part of the United Kingdom.”

We can all agree that it’s beautiful, in spite of all that rain, even if most locals don’t want it to be in the United Kingdom.

David Cameron has a more positive view of Ulster’s Lakeland than his Tory predecessor Winston Churchill.

“…As the deluge subsides and the waters fall short we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again,” was Churchill’s famous comment after the First World War.

But will the summit bring any lasting benefit?

The jury is still out on that one. What we do know is that the whole Fermanagh/Leitrim/Cavan and South Donegal border region desperately needs any help it can get. That’s especially so with the threat to jobs in the mighty Sean Quinn’s former empire hanging over the area.

Let’s hope positive publicity for the G8 gathering can help.

 

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