I was doing my usual walk (for health reasons) up the front of Stormont at around noon on September 29, from the Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast.
When I reached the parliamentary security hut, where the security official had previously prevented me from going any further on several occasions, a coach was discharging passengers at the same time as I approached the hut.
I was curious, and to test the supposedly enhanced security system, I joined the party and went into the security hut. I was asked by the guard if I was with the bus party. I said I was (which wasn’t true).
There was no checking, other than being asked to empty your pockets , and no evidence of proof of identity was required. There were no further questions before I was ushered in.
I am writing this to point out that the ‘security' is a joke and the full cost of the new system has been wasted.
M L Sleith