Dr Ian Adamson: As a former medical registrar at the Mater Infirmorum Hospital, I add my support to the retention of this great and unique hospital. Following a visit to Lourdes, I wrote my second book, ‘Bangor: Light of the World’, which told how Bangor became the focus of a religious life of great depth and power in the early medieval period of Europe. With the fall of the Roman Empire, Irish and...
Dr Ian Adamson: I welcome the debate as it gives us the opportunity to focus on the root causes of sectarianism in Ireland and to set in context the interface violence in my constituency, East Belfast. On Saturday 15 June 1991 Portadown District LOL No 1 held a mini-twelfth Orange pageant in commemoration of the drowning of Protestants in the River Bann in November 1641. Portadown bridge, coupled with the...
Dr Ian Adamson: I also apologise for not being present at the start of the debate. I reiterate my support for the motion, which covers the full differential diagnosis of infantile autism, including Asperger’s syndrome, idiot savant, developmental dysphasia and dyslexia, and developmental right-hemisphere deficit syndrome. There is no evidence of normal development of particular functions with these...
Dr Ian Adamson: I congratulate the North/South Ministerial Council for holding its meeting in such a beautiful cultural treasure as the former Guinness home at Farmleigh. Coud A speir at the Meinister whit he thinks is the neist stap forrit for Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch? Could I ask the Minister what he thinks is the next step forward for the Ulster-Scots Agency?
Dr Ian Adamson: I apologise for my absence when this debate was scheduled before. Owing to extraordinary political circumstances, I had to be in another place. I declare an interest as president of the Belfast Civic Trust and as a member of Belfast City Council’s planning committee. My objective is the protection of the built and natural environment of the Stormont estate and its immediate environs. Even...
Dr Ian Adamson: Does the Minister have any evidence that Protestant students still perceive the Student’s Union at Queen’s University as a so-called cold house, since they make up only 22% of part-time workers there?
Dr Ian Adamson: I too should like to congratulate the Minister and his advisory panel on the report. Will he elaborate on how it fits with the Sports Council for Northern Ireland’s ‘Strategy for the Development of Sport in Northern Ireland 1997-2005’, written by President Mary McAleese, among others, when she was a professor at the Queen’s University of Belfast?
Dr Ian Adamson: 2. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what channels exist for liaison between his Department and Environment and Heritage Service to protect our historic buildings. (AQO 1631/01)
Dr Ian Adamson: The Minister will be aware of the threat posed to many historic buildings by speculative developers, particularly in the north of County Down, including east Belfast. What steps might he take to help to protect this built heritage and, specifically, to avert the disastrous proposal to build a block of apartments at the very gates of Stormont itself?
Dr Ian Adamson: 2. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to outline the number of Executive meetings planned for the months of July and August 2002. (AQO 1632/01)
Dr Ian Adamson: Will the First Minister tell us whether the Executive have discussed the recent disgraceful attack on a Roman Catholic recruit to the PSNI?
Dr Ian Adamson: 6. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action she has taken to support vulnerable parents through pregnancy and after childbirth. (AQO 1572/01)
Dr Ian Adamson: Guid on the Meinister for talkin in Ulster Scotch. Coud A speir at the Meinister o Halth, Social Services an Public Sauftie whitlyke guidal hir Depairtment haes setten furth on the medical traetment o ill-thrivven weimen wi bairn? I congratulate the Minister for talking in Ulster-Scots. What guidelines has her Department issued on the medical treatment of pregnant women who are malnourished?
Dr Ian Adamson: I join with the Minister in condemning the appalling incident at the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in Tower Street. In the light of our common concern for neutrality in our education establishments, what steps are being taken to ensure that Queen’s University and its Students’ Union become less of a cold house for Protestants and Unionists?
Dr Ian Adamson: I extend my thanks to the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure, chaired by Mr ONeill. I also thank the Committee Clerk and her staff for the hard work that they have put into this important report, which, I believe, shows the Belfast Agreement at its best. The greatest of all historians, Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, wrote of the exhortation of the British nobleman, Calgacus, who fought the...
Dr Ian Adamson: 4. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether there has been any consideration of providing a visual arts museum at the Ulster Museum site. (AQO 1415/01)
Dr Ian Adamson: This is a follow up to my question AQO 128/99 of 7 February 2000 on the creation of a creative arts museum. Will the Minister consider implementing the "string of pearls" idea throughout Northern Ireland, using such Belfast sites as the Crumlin Road Courthouse and Jail, the Ormeau Baths Gallery and the Engine Room Gallery on the Newtownards Road?
Dr Ian Adamson: I declare an interest as a Belfast City Council appointee to the Greater East Belfast Partnership Board, which has an interest in this issue, and also as chairman of the community enterprise scheme, Heirskip Village. I commend the Minister on his work and his report, and also Sir Reg Empey. Does the Minister think that there is concern in the local community that this is part of an eventual...
Dr Ian Adamson: In view of the strategic importance to the European Union of stability in the Near and Middle East, does the Deputy First Minister agree that interference in the internal affairs of Turkey by Sinn Féin members does not promote Northern Ireland’s positive participation in the European Union?
Dr Ian Adamson: Dr Birnie has already asked my question.