Belfast Telegraph

Friday 30 January 2015

Oasis in high level briefing with SF chief

Oasis superstars Noel and Liam Gallagher were brought up to speed about the peace process by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness on board a flight to Belfast yesterday.

The brothers found themselves seated next to the Sinn Fein man on an afternoon flight from London ahead of last night’s Odyssey Arena concert.

Eyewitnesses on the plane said Mr McGuinness seemed to be in deep conversation with the world-famous rockers.

When the flight arrived at George Best Belfast City Airport the Deputy First Minister shook their hands before alighting.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, said she could not believe her eyes when she saw the Gallaghers.

“I went over and got my photograph taken with Liam. He was really lovely but a lot smaller than I imagined,” she said.

The band were then ushered out through an emergency exit at the airport.

Last night a spokesman for Mr McGuinness confirmed that he had met the Gallaghers on board the flight to Belfast and that they had seemed interested in the ongoing Ulster peace process.

“Martin has met the Gallagher brothers before at Heathrow Airport and, yes, he was talking to them again yesterday,” he said. “They seemed genuinely interested in what is going on here and seemed to be pretty knowledgeable about the situation as well.”

The spokesman said that Mr McGuinness liked the band’s music and that his favourite Oasis song was their massive hit anthem Wonderwall. But he said he would not be attending either last night’s or tonight’s shows at the Odyssey due to work commitments.

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