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McGuinness comments on G8 summit

20 November, 2012 - by Westminster

Commenting on the announcement that the G8 summit is to be held in Fermanagh, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said;

“The more important issue than the location of the G8 summit is the impact that it will have on many millions of people throughout the world. The leaders of the G8 countries need to address the economic crisis that faces the world and also to address the very grave situation in the Middle East.

"Ireland, north and south, has suffered terribly as the result of the world recession caused by the irresponsible behaviour of financial institutions and some governments.

"Unemployment rates of 15% in the south and 7.6% here in the north highlight the need for an economic strategy which puts people and not financial institutions, including the banks, first and foremost.

"I hope G8 leaders when they come to Fermanagh will recognise and accept the need to do something deep and profound to assist people, many millions of whom are the poorest on the planet today.”

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