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Thursday 5 March 2015

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
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
Protesters are seen at the start of a demonstration on Oxford Street as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Demonstrators are detained by police 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)
Riot police hold off protesters in Golden Square during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Riot police clash with protesters in Golden Square during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Protesters are seen holding placards during a demonstration on Regent Street as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The new banner unveiled for the G8 protest at Belfast City Hall which will lead the Belfast G8 protest on Saturday organised by the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Kevin Cooper/NIC-ICTU/PA Wire
Bill Gates makes a speech during the Big IF London anti-hunger event in Hyde Park, London. Enough Food for Everyone IF, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, has arranged Big IF London; a free public rally campaigning for action to be taken by G8 leaders to eliminate world hunger. The event kicks off IF's 10-day campaign in the lead up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland
A demonstrator being detained by police on the roof of a building in central London. Riot police have been deployed throughout London's West End amid protests against the G8 summit. Dwaine Field-Pellew/Absolute Radio/PA Wire
Police and demonstrators on a building in central London. Riot police have been deployed throughout London's West End amid protests against the G8 summit. Dwaine Field-Pellew/Absolute Radio/PA Wire
Police restrain a protester in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police prepare to access the convergence centre that activists of the Stop G8 protest group off Beak Street are occupying ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police restrain a protester in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Northern Ireland next week. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 11, 2013. See PA story POLICE G8. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Activists look through windows as police stand guard on the rooftop of the convergence centre of the Stop G8 protest group off Beak Street ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: People look on as police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police speak with a protester over the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week`
Police watch as protestors hang banners on the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police on the roof of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, as protesters look through the windows amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police watch as a protester stands on the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police watch as a protester stands on the railings of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police officers on duty in Soho, central London, where protesters with banners were believed to be occupying a former police station in Beak Street amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
Police watch as protesters look through the windows of a building on Beak Street in Soho, central London, amid demonstrations ahead of the G8 conference in Fermanagh next week
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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