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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 06:15

November 20, 2012: It's official.  David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, announced on a visit to a factory in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, that Enniskillen will host the G8 summit in June 2013.  Speculation started last week, when a leading journalist from a local paper, the Impartial Reporter, pieced clues together and broke the story.  The location was made official earlier today.

The luxury resort is located on a peninsula on Lough Erne.  The complex is isolated on 600 acres of rolling hills and will offer a secluded location for world leaders to meet.  The G8 is a forum for the heads of government of the world's eight largest economies to meet.  Leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia will attend.  The Council President and Commission President of the EU also participate in the event; as Ireland will hold the Presidency of the EU during the Summit, an Taoiseach will also attend the meeting.  China and Brazil, whose economies have grown at spectacular rates in the past decade, are now ranked in the top eight global economies; however, invitations to the G8 have not yet been extended to these two nations.  The G8 Summit will be the most significant global event ever to occur in Ireland.

Mr Cameron, the British Prime Minister, stated

I've decided the right place to hold it is right here in Northern Ireland and we'll be holding the G8 on the 17th and 18th of June at Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.

I think this will be a brilliant advertisement for Northern Ireland.

I want the world to see just what a fantastic place Northern Ireland is - a great place for business, a great place for investment, a place with an incredibly educated and trained workforce ready to work for international business.

And I also want to show the world, of course, what a beautiful place Northern Ireland is and Lough Erne, where I was this morning, is one of the most beautiful places in the entire United Kingdom

Cameron joked that he hoped he could keep Mr Obama off the golf course.

The summit will take place on June 17 and 18.  Preparations in Enniskillen and County Fermanagh are likely to start immediately.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012 21:26

November 18, 2013: Local Fermanagh newspaper, the Impartial Reporter, is speculating that the next G8 Summit will take place at an isolated, luxury golf resort outside Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.  The event will be hosted by British Prime Minister, David Cameron.  A spokesperson at 10 Downing Street has stated that Northern Ireland is under active consideration as a location for the event.  The Impartial Reporter claims that the Lough Erne Golf Resort—isolated on a 300 acre peninsula on the Lough—has already been selected.  Hotels in the area have also been blocked booked for the week of the event during June 2013.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:02
October 21, 2012: The police ombudsman has launched an investigation into possible collusion between the force and senior members of the UVF in the Shankill area of Belfast.  The period in question is from 1989 to 2010 where there may have been inadequate investigations into crimes in west Belfast.  The Police Service of Northern Ireland stated that

"PSNI are involved in a major investigation into criminality in north and west Belfast involving the UVF which stretches back over a considerable period of time and which runs parallel to the ombudsman investigation Operation Stafford.

"With regard to the investigation into the murder of Bobby Moffett, this remains a live investigation into which police have committed very considerable resources and gone to substantial length to bring charges.

"PSNI has left no stone unturned in the Moffett investigation and is greatly frustrated that it has not been able, thus far, to bring charges of murder against those involved."

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Saturday, 29 September 2012 17:33

September 29, 2012: To commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, about 30,000 members of the Unionist community--including bands from the Orange Order--staged a March from Belfast City Hall to Stormont Castle. A massive police escort ensured the march past Catholic churches, scenes of dispute in the past, took place without incident. The Ulster Covenant (and Declaration) was signed in 1912 by about 471,400 people in protest against a Home Rule Parliament in Dublin. The Covenant (signed by men) and the Declaration (signed by women) are reproduced on the next page.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 21:17

December 21, 2011: Derry's favorite poet, Seamus Heaney, has donated his personal notes to the National Library of Ireland.  Heaney stated that "it's a privilege and honor to have my own work sheets and drafts and manuscripts and text scripts in our National Library joining the great writers of the past and the great writers of the present."  Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 20:44

December 21, 2011: The Irish Times reported that dogs in Ireland will help contribute to the economy, though not directly.  The cost of an annual dog license is set to increase on January 1 from the current level of €12.70 to a whopping €20.00.  The government will also introduce a life-time license of €140 or €400 for owners of a pack.  Phil Hogan, the Minister for the Environment will also start enforcing tighter controls that were introduced under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act of 2010.

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Ireland sees a decline in third quarter GDP PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 21:06

December 20, 2011: The Central Statistics Office in Dublin released the third quarter GDP results for Ireland.  The economy showed a quarter-over-quarter decline of 1.9 per cent.  The CSO reported increases in agriculture and industrial output and drops in (i) building and construction, (ii) distribution, transportation and communications and (iii) public administration and defense.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 20:56

December 21, 2011: The Irish Times reported that housing prices in Ireland continue to fall.  Over the past twelve months, prices have declined by about 16%.  The data were published by the Central Statistics Office in Dublin in the Residential Property Price Index for November 2011.  The 16 percent decline is greater than the same twelve month period ending in November 2010; in that period, housing prices dropped by 11.5%.  The decline was greatest in Dublin.

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Irish company Brown Bag Films wins contract from Disney PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 20:42

December 20, 2011: The Irish Times reported that Irish animation company Brown Bag Films has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company to make a series for Disney Junior.  The contract will create about forty new jobs.  The series will be called the Happy Hugglemonsters, which is based on an book series written by Irish author Niamh Sharkey.  The company will be responsible for 52 episodes, each lasting about 11 minutes.

Cathal Gaffney, co-founder and CEO of Brown Bag Films said, “We are delighted to announce the production of this series, it is great to work with home grown talent like Niamh Sharkey and to bring an original idea like this to a global Disney Junior audience is hugely satisfying for all involved.”

Author Niamh Sharkey, whose illustrated picturebook ‘I’m A Happy Hugglewug’ was published in 2006, says, “I am thrilled to be working with Brown Bag Films to bring my characters to life; the creativity, enthusiasm and care they bring to the project is mind blowing. Making this show for Disney Channel is a dream come true, and to be able to create this show in Ireland together is the icing on the cake. I know my monster family is in safe hands!”

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French and British get into a spat over Europe PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 December 2011 07:13

December 17, 2011: The Belfast Telegraph is reporting an interesting spat between the French and the British.  It's good to be on the sidelines.  François Baroin serves as the Minister of Finance in the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy.  Baroin is reported by the Telegraph as saying: "The economic situation in Britain today is very worrying and you'd rather be French than British in economic terms. We don't want to be given any lessons and we don't give any."  Admittedly, Baroin has only been in this ministerial role since June 29, though he has served as Minister for Overseas Territories and Minister for the Interior, where one would expect a soupçon of diplomacy to be de rigueur.  This recent spat traces its origin to the insistence by the British that they not surrender sovereignty to address a problem that they didn't cause and can't solve.   It will be interesting to see how things develop. 

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Sunday, 18 December 2011 07:07

December 17, 2011: The Belfast Telegraph reported that shops in the city are having their busiest Christmas season on record--good news for the economy and another sign that the Great Recession is receding--though slowly.

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