Exciting news to put Fermanagh in the world spotlight
It's always gratifying to bring good news; and the news doesn't get any better than the confirmation this week that the G8 conference of world leaders is coming to Fermanagh in 2013.
To put this into context, no event of this magnitude, scale and importance has ever come to Northern Ireland before.
Eight of the world's leading nations, including United Kingdom, the United States of America, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and Canada form this organisation.
Their leaders, including President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Francois Hollande and President Vladimir Putin, among others, will meet for two days in Fermanagh next year.
Make no mistake about it, this is a ringing endorsement of the new Northern Ireland and this beautiful county in particular.
Fermanagh's spectacularly beautiful county will be in the news for the right reasons. Our assets will be showcased by the media globally and the eyes of the world will be on us.
Fermanagh will not disappoint.
As well as the expected prestige boost, there is sure to be an economic spin-off. The leaders, their entourage, their press following and everything else that comes with them will be here.
And if we can project a positive image, the benefits can continue into future years.
The world leaders have many weighty matters to consider, and of course Fermanagh's problems will not feature directly.
But with the spotlight now on us, perhaps the authorities will pay some attention to our needs.
The announcement this week is exciting news of unbelievable proportions.
Let us enjoy the moment now, and resolve to put our best foot forward next June and see this as a tremendous opportunity.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 22 Nov 12
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Nov 25, 20:08
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!!! Once again the lure of profitable spinoffs from the G8 summit in Enniskillen is blinding the people of that fair town into believing that the reason for the location is in the words of David Cameron " To show the world the beauty of this wonderful place". Patronising codswallop. What goes on here at this meeting will impact all our miserable lives for the forseeable future. Imagine welcoming a war monger, Putin, who is arming the regime in Syria free of charge, a President who does not respect the rights of Christians and Catholics in America (Obamacare), France's No. 1 socialist, Her Highness Ms Merkel head Capo of Stalag Europe, Canada, whose human rights laws have made slaves of the population to politically corectness gone mad, and on and on. But of course we won't let these petty foibles get in the way of a 'pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow.
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Nov 26, 12:52
I was wondering when the first naysayer would raise his head. Well done John. Maybe Ms Merkel can visit your particular end of Mayo and see for herself the mess of ghost estates her people are being asked to bail out. Or maybe you could welcome Putin to Kiltimagh and he might decide to arm you instead. Or maybe you should recognise that whatever your views on each country's position, coming together and talking about it is probably not a bad idea. And if you're not going to welcome them to Mayo, we might as well have them here!
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