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Published:June 6th, 2013 10:23 EST

Northern Ireland Erects Fake Storefronts Ahead of G8 Summit

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland will host G8 leaders later this month, and local councils have painted fake storefronts and covered vacant buildings with billboards to hide the dereliction of local towns.


The small towns and villages have been hit especially hard by economic hardship, and even the luxury five-star hotel where G8 leaders will meet has been in receivership since 2011."


According to  legend, Russian minister Grigory Potemkin erected fake settlements along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to deceive Empress Catherine II during her visit to Crimea in 1787.

There probably was no historical Potemkin village, but there is a Potemkin village in Northern Ireland.

I can understand a developing country resorting to such subterfuge, but it`s a shame that a European country goes to such lengths to hide the abject dereliction of its towns.

I don`t foresee success for the G8 economic summit it the country hosting the event is in such dire economic shape.

Will the G8 leaders have the courage to forego cosmetic changes, and take tough measures to improve the economy?

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