Earlier this year Dermot Nebitt’s private secretary laid out the measures the Minister was taking in preparation for the conference.
Northern Ireland Friends of the Earth were taken by surprise:
“The local Executive has responsibility for things like trade and environment. It is going to important that all the devolved authorities have their voices heard at the Summit, without them it is likely to be a bit of a farce with the US dominating everything. We may not count for much individually, but with other regional assemblies our smaller voices can count for a lot. It is a very serious situation if we are to be excluded.”