Saturday 21 April 2018

Cead mile failte to all G8 leaders and guests

THE eyes of the world will focus on the enchantingly beautiful lands around Lough Erne resort today as the leaders of the world's most powerful nations gather there for a summit of the G8. This first gathering on the island of Ireland by the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, Japan and Russia brings many positive features to all of the Irish people.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, the summit host, is to be congratulated for the positive and inclusive tone he brought to the organisation of this borderland meeting. The sharing and co-operation with those on the southern end of the border is reminiscent of the generous gesture that also saw the London Olympic torch come south in summer 2012.

The summit also has the happy coincidence of Ireland's EU Presidency, ensuring attendance by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as part of the European Union representation at the two-day gathering. Mr Kenny will have a challenging task fielding questions from the world's media about Ireland's treatment of multinational corporation taxes as the summit deals with this very issue.

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