Cool visual trick or cover-up? Northern Ireland deploys fake facades to conceal derelict shops

The Northern Ireland border village of Belcoo has never looked so good. And critics say that's just the problem.

Organizers of the G-8 summit of world leaders June 17-18 in Northern Ireland have spent weeks sprucing up the facades of businesses all around the County Fermanagh venue.

Their use of window-sized posters on two derelict Belcoo shops, to make them appear like thriving businesses with fully stocked shelves, has proved most eye-catching — indeed, eye-fooling.

Some in the border village of barely 500 residents complain they've covered up the reality of economic hard times.

To passing motorists, the butcher's shop in Belcoo appears packed to the rafters with fresh cuts of meat. Across the road, a former pharmacy's windows have been covered with images of shelves full of office supplies.