Editor's Viewpoint: Ian Adamson is mourned across political spectrum
In the dour world of Northern Ireland politics, Dr Ian Adamson could only have been an Ulster Unionist as he typified the breadth of opinion that exists within that party. The former Belfast Lord Mayor, who has died, made friends right across the political spectrum through his wit, intelligence, willingness to countenance a wider, more inclusive vision of life here and by practising what he preached.
Close friends included Van Morrison, Rev Ian Paisley, Cardinal O Fiaich and Mairtin O Muilleoir, and he was recognised for his work with the unemployed and disabled children on the Falls Road. His unionism was staunch but not blinkered, and he was loved all the more for it.