HOTELIERS KEEPING MUM AND SECURITY STEPPED UP AS BORDER REGION PREPARES FOR G8 SUMMIT

14 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael McDonnell

MONAGHAN and neighbouring counties on either side of the Border are preparing for the G8 Summit in Fermanagh on Monday and Tuesday of next week, in what appears to be an atmosphere of relative calm and indeed a relatively low level of interest among the general public.

Security measures including mobile and fixed checkpoints were announced by gardai last week as the force prepared to deploy 900 personnel to the operation.

While it is understood that the world leaders themselves, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, will be safely secured at the five-star Lough Erne Resort itself, a number of hotels in the southern counties are also set to benefit from hosting some of the national delegations.

It is expected that a Chinese group will stay at the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan, while the Americans are booked in at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell — the former jewel in the crown of the fallen Quinn empire — and the Russian delegation is to bed down in Sligo’s Clarion Hotel.

A large garda presence is expected at all the southern hosting hotels, while it is reported that the British, German, Japanese, Italian and Canadian staff will all be staying in Belfast.

Yesterday’s Irish Independent also reports that …

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