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Saturday 26 July 2014

G8 leaders arrive early in Northern Ireland ahead of summit

Although this time it's just their doppelgangers...

Oxfam's 'Big Head' G8 leaders arrive in Northern Ireland ahead of next week's summit in Enniskillen
Oxfam's 'Big Head' G8 leaders arrive in Northern Ireland ahead of next week's summit in Enniskillen
Oxfam's 'Big Head' G8 leaders arrive in Northern Ireland ahead of next week's summit in Enniskillen
Oxfam's 'Big Head' G8 leaders arrive in Northern Ireland ahead of next week's summit in Enniskillen
Demonstrators hold up a banner against the G8 outside the headquarters of British based oil multinational BP during a protest  in London, Tuesday, June  11, 2013 .The protestors were demonstrating against the upcoming  G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17 and 18.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Demonstrators hold up a banner against the G8 outside the headquarters of British based oil multinational BP during a protest in London, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 .The protestors were demonstrating against the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17 and 18.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Eight of the world's most powerful men and women have arrived in Northern Ireland ahead of next week's G8 summit in Co Fermanagh - albeit just their large headed doppelgangers.

While the very real political heavyweights aren't due to touch down on local soil until next week, their unmistakable comedic likenesses landed in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of global hunger.

Oxfam's 'Big Head' G8 leaders landed in Belfast ahead of the summit in order to demand the politicians tackle the severe problem of global hunger.

After taking a whistle-stop tour of the city they tried their best to thumb a lift on to Fermanagh in time for a crafty pint before next week's proceedings kick off.

Oxfam, along with 80 other organisations, has joined together as part of the IF campaign to "make sure everyone has enough food to live".

The organisation is demanding the world leaders take immediate action.

Meanwhile, activists from Unite, Britain's biggest union, and NIPSA, which represents thousands of public sector workers in Northern Ireland, said measures had been put in place to prevent demonstrations in Belfast and Fermanagh being hijacked by troublemakers.

Thousands are due to descend on Belfast on Saturday to protest against the upcoming summit.

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