Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Media hacks piggyback on event in fine surroundings

Rattling down the motorway from Belfast to Enniskillen on Monday night at a rate of knots, it became quickly apparent that such a pace wouldn't be maintained.

The presence of police on each and every bridge on the way down to a G8 media soiree kept my speed down and proved, in a very minor way, why just being there and being visible is a good deterrent, at least to late-running Percy Pig-fuelled journalists if not G8 protesters.

At the do itself, held in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Coole, it was a treat to see the great and good of Northern Ireland politics court the media for once, mostly of the international variety but also a smattering of us local hacks.

That such an important event has passed off so peacefully and in such fine surroundings can't have gone unnoticed. Certainly the good people of Enniskillen, out in a force of curiosity on Monday night, would welcome them back, even if it did mean every bridge got its own personal minders for a few days.

At least it would keep the speed down.

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