Belfast City Hall's historic stained glass protected

The historic stained glass upper windows of Belfast City Hall The historic stained glass upper windows of Belfast City Hall will be protected as a precaution

Belfast City Hall's historic stained glass windows are to be protected as a precaution during the G8 economic summit next month.

The council said that if other security measures were necessary, they would be taken later on the advice of the PSNI.

The decision to protect the windows with acrylic sheets was taken by the council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee on Friday.

G8 summits usually attract a wide spectrum of international protesters.

'No decision'

World leaders will begin arriving in June for the two-day summit to be held at the Lough Erne resort, Enniskillen, on 17 and 18 June.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, chairwoman of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said no decision had been taken about protecting the city hall's lower windows.

"The upper windows have been in place since the city hall was built, so we decided to protect them. However, they will still be visible," she said

"A decision will be taken on the other windows later, if necessary.

"It is still too early to judge the impact of any protests and we want to keep the city hall and front lawn accessible to the public."

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