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Ian Paisley-Firey DUP leader turned peacemaker dies aged 88


Former Northern Ireland first minister and (DUP) Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley has died aged 88.

The clergyman became an MP for North Antrim in 1970 and founded the Democratic Unionist Party.

He was elected First Minster of Northern Ireland in a power-sharing role, but he refused to take part until 2007, a role he continued until 2010.


In a statement, his wife said: “My beloved husband, Ian, entered his eternal rest this morning.”

“Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a family we are heartbroken.”

“We loved him and he adored us, and our earthly lives are forever changed.”

“According to Ian’s wishes his funeral will be private and attended only by the immediate
family, as will be his burial.”

“As a family we appreciate that there will be an expectation by those who admired him to express
their gratitude for his life and their sorrow at his passing.”

“To that end we will in due course publish details of a public memorial service which, will be
scheduled later in the year.”

“There will be no further comment or statements made by me or the family at this time.”

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