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All of us can gain from the G8 visitors

In a matter of days, the G8 summit will take place in Northern Ireland. It is because Northern Ireland is moving forward that we are hosting this important political and economic conference.

No doubt there will be protests from local groups and also those involved in protesting internationally. In our society, peaceful protest is legitimate.

However, for Northern Ireland to be the winner, we must showcase our local products and position Northern Ireland favourably in the minds of some of the world's most important people. Northern Ireland needs to embrace this opportunity. All of us can gain from the world's leaders being here. A positive impression created by all sections of our community is likely to reap benefits in coming years.

ROBIN NEWTON MLA

Member, Assembly enterprise, trade and investment committee

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