Thursday 22 February 2018

Canadian PM and mystery G8 leader to cross border during summit trip

Fiach Kelly and Tom Brady

TWO of the leaders taking part in the G8 summit in Northern Ireland will visit the republic during their trips.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced he will be meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins in Dublin before travelling to Fermanagh for the G8.

His two-day visit here will take place between June 15 and 17 – the day the G8 starts.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is also making arrangements for another of the leaders to visit the south after the summit finishes at the Lough Erne resort on June 18.

A spokesman could not say which leader it is, although it is understood it is not Russian President Vladimir Putin or US President Barack Obama.

Mr Harper is also taking in visits to London, where he will meet Queen Elizabeth.

Although Mr Obama is not coming to the south, it has been reported that First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha will stay in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel.

Some 900 gardai will be involved in a massive security operation, codenamed Shield, which will be mounted by gardai on this side of the border.

Irish Independent

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