Barack Obama

Obama Addresses Students in Belfast Ahead of G8 Summit

Says peace in Northern Ireland gave the world hope


US president Barack Obama has said that when peace was achieved in Northern Ireland, it gave the world hope.

He told 2,000 students in Belfast ahead of the G8 summit: "You're the first generation in this land to inherit more than just the hardened attitudes and bitter prejudices of the past.

"You now live in a thoroughly modern Northern Ireland."

His young audience has been described as "the generation of peace" - people born after the ceasefires.