Ian Paisley admitted to hospital

Published Sunday, 29 December 2013
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Former First Minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley has been admitted to hospital, his family have confirmed.

Ian Paisley admitted to hospital
Dr Ian Paisley speaking to the press in 2010. (© Getty)

Baroness Paisley said in a statement that her husband was admitted to hospital on Saturday for some necessary tests.

"He is in good spirits.

"The family are grateful for those who have expressed concern and ask that his privacy be respected. There will be no further comment at this time."

The South Eastern Trust confirmed that he is being treated in the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

On Sunday afternoon, the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness tweeted a get well message.

The post read: "Best wishes to Ian Paisley Snr, hopefully his stay in hospital will be short & he will soon be returned. home to his family in good health."

In February last year, Dr Paisley was admitted to the same hospital after suffering from heart problems.

He was treated in the intensive care unit for two weeks before being moved to the coronary care unit when his condition improved. During his spell of ill-health, he spent just over three weeks in hospital.

Dr Paisley became NI's First Minister when he was elected into power alongside Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness in 2007.

He stepped down from political life in 2010. Last December, he preached his final sermon after standing down as moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church.

After retiring from both church and political life, he said he planned to write his autobiography.

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49 Comments
Big B from the Bloomfield road in Bloomfield,Belfast wrote (213 days ago):
Get well soon ian
Jason Mac Gabhann in Strabane wrote (213 days ago):
get well soon Ian
Jan in Belfast wrote (213 days ago):
Well said michael , totally agree with you.
Sean in donegal wrote (213 days ago):
Valid point by Michael.Im sure the Paisley family (and rightly so) did not refuse medical attention for their husband and father on a Sunday.Not so many moons ago the same man was protesting against sport being played on a Sunday (Ulster rugby)Day of rest I think he described a Sunday .Luckily for him and many others the Medical people dont share his opinions.Time certain people got into the real world.There is 7 days in a week.
Kieran D in Newtownabbey wrote (213 days ago):
He made many mistakes during his time as DUP leader and more often than not was percieved as one who fanned the flames during the bad old days. However he took a massive risk and showed leadership in the end. From one human being to another I wish him well and I hope he has a speedy recovery. We are all here for a short time so we need to learn to share, show compassion and put aside silly socio-culturally manufactured differences.
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