SOME of the international delegations attending the G8 Summit in Co Fermanagh next month look likely to be based in Omagh.
The Silverbirch Hotel confirmed yesterday that it has received a block booking during the dates of the conference but would not be drawn on exactly who will be staying there.
Speaking to the Ulster Herald, hotel manager Allan Duncan said the booking has been arranged by the Home Office and said that the Silverbirch will be “fully booked up for a couple of days”.
“The details are being finalised by the Home Office and at this stage I have no idea who will be staying here,” said Mr Duncan.
“This is a busy hotel and all our customers are looked after very well. It’s good that Northern Ireland is benefiting from the G8.”
The PSNI also confirmed that an Omagh hotel will be used to host people in relation to the G8 Summit.
A police spokesperson said, “The PSNI is responsible for ensuring a safe and secure Summit for all participants, visitors, protestors and residents, including business and other property owners.
“Delegations include a broad range of people from the VIP’s who will be in secure accommodation to the administration staff and media who will be in satellite hotels such as those in Omagh and other areas.
“It is the PSNI’s responsibility to deliver the security operation and we will be in constant communication with security agencies from G8 member states during the Summit.”
In an ironic twist there have also been suggestions that the former Lisanelly British Army base, which is located directly opposite the Silverbirch Hotel, may be used as a temporary prison for those arrested during the G8 Summit.
The leaders of the world’s wealthiest countries will be staying at the Lough Erne Golf Resort on the outskirts of Enniskillen, which is hosting the prestigious summit, on June 17 and 18.
It is organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will be attended by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and the United States.
As a neighbouring county, Tyrone is also playing a part in the massive event which is set to generate headlines around the world.
The former Castlederg police station along with the station in Strabane will be used to house hundreds of officers drafted in as part of the massive G8 summit security operation.