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Stormont Estate

Part of Adjournment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 7:45 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Sinn Féin 7:45 pm, 19th January 2016

That would be first class. Anything that Sustrans is involved in, you can sign me up for.

I wanted to make that point about bus stops, and I want to make the point about disability access. Mr Andy Allen has pointed out how poor disability access was, and it was not his job to get it sorted out. In fact, it is an indictment on us that it was not sorted for him and for other wheelchair users. It is absolutely imperative that we measure up and shape up and that we make sure that, if you are a wheelchair user, you have exactly the same access as anyone else in this Building. I hope that that will happen in the time ahead.

Mr Lyttle mentioned the parkrun. I know that his medical team are a bit worried about a man of his advanced years taking part in the parkrun, but I was glad, and it was a victory for modern science, that he was able to finish the parkrun. An interesting point about the Saturday morning parkrun is that the biggest ever parkrun was on New Year's Day, as you said. There were 500 little tags, and 514 people took park. That shows that, when we allow people to take ownership of this Building and the estate, they will do so. I wish them well in the time ahead.

Finally, in West Belfast, we have a famous flâneur, tour guide and walker — Tom Hartley. I see in Robin Newton the Tom Hartley of the Stormont estate. I would go on a walk with him to see all the different icons of Stormont that he mentioned, plus the GAA tree, of course. A little birdie tells me that Mr Newton been selected again, so I presume that he will return in May. I think that there may be a future for him — I do not know whether he will be in your Chair, Mr Speaker, after the break — moonlighting as a tour guide for the Stormont estate.