Hotel venue in Enniskillen is victim of the recession
THE G8 SUMMIT of the leaders of the World's eight richest countries will take place at the Lough Erne Hotel and golf resort near Enniskillen on June 17 and 19 next year.
The event will include Taoiseach Enda Kenny, pictured below, as Ireland will host the EU Presidency in 2013.
The economic summit will be the largest diplomatic event ever to be held in Northern Ireland.
Ironically, the location of the summit, the Lough Erne Hotel is a victim of Ireland's much talked about recession.
The venue went into administration owing £25 million just four years after opening and has been on the market for 18 months with a price tag of £10 million.
However, it's situated in one of Northern Ireland's most scenic areas and the hotel's golf course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, will be a major attraction for world leaders and their entourages.
Queen Elizabeth visited Enniskillen earlier this year during her two-day Diamond Jubilee tour that included a historic meeting with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.
The announcement of the venue for the summit was made by British prime minister David Cameron who said: "I want the world to see just what a fantastic place Northern Ireland is."
The summit takes place just five miles from the site of the Enniskillen bombing, one of the worst atrocities to hit Northern Ireland during the Troubles when it killed 12 people in 1987.