Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sharing Martin McGuinness’s birthday cake
The new British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Belfast today for his first visit since he took up his new job.
Before I went up to Stormont House to join the other local party leaders in meeting him I travelled out to Dunmurry to meet Declan Kelly the US Economic Envoy to Ireland who is here for several days of meetings and events.
Yesterday he was in Newry and Derry and this morning he spent time in the City Hall with the Mayor Naomi Long.
This morning he was visiting Lightstep Technologies who have developed what they describe as the “world's first Situation Sensitive, telemetry reactive Intelligent Evacuation System.”
Sounds impressive and it is. I have had several meetings with the management of this locally based company and have been impressed by their drive and determination. I was also impressed by the technology they have developed to save lives.
Their goal is to introduce an evacuation technology system into buildings, sea going vessels, aircraft, in fact anywhere people work, live or play in large numbers.
It’s an amazing product and in previous conversations with Declan I had urged him to meet the management.
Today he had an opportunity to see the evacuation system at work and speak to the senior management.
Later I met Declan again at the west Belfast Partnership Board along with Geraldine McAteer, Gerry McConville of the Falls Community Council and Jackie Redpath of the Shankill Partnership Board.
Then it was off to Stormont Castle to share some of Martin McGuinness’s birthday cake before my meeting with the other party leaders and David Cameron.