Giro d'Italia race a chance to showcase our wares
The countdown has begun to the biggest sporting event ever to take place in the province. The Giro d'Italia cycle race is a great opportunity to show off Northern Ireland to advantage.
We've already hosted the G8 conference to worldwide plaudits and participants on the World Police and Fire Games lauded their welcome here. Now we have seven weeks to prepare for the colourful cavalcade that is modern cycle racing.
We must show that we are capable of hosting such an event and that our parochial concerns over murals and flags are not allowed to taint the atmosphere. It is a time for celebration, not petty political point-scoring, so let us get the wheels in motion for a truly international knees-up.