Ian Paisley returns home after illness

Published Tuesday, 28 February 2012
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Former First Minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley has returned home from hospital, his family said.

Ian Paisley returns home after illness
Dr Paisley was treated at the Ulster Hospital. (© Getty)

Dr Paisley was admitted to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald earlier this month after suffering from heart problems.

The 85-year-old was treated in the intensive care unit for two weeks before being moved to the coronary care unit, which signified a downgrade in the severity of his illness.

His wife, Baroness Paisley, said Lord Bannside returned home on Monday.

"My family and I are delighted that my husband has been able to return home," a statement said on Tuesday.

"It is not possible to put into words the depth of our gratitude to those responsible who cared for him these past three weeks, nor can we express sufficiently our thanks to all those who have sent their good wishes and prayers."

The First Minister and leader of the DUP, Peter Robinson, said everyone in the party was delighted to hear of the former leader's progress.

The news that he has left hospital and is to continue his recovery at home is an answer to many prayers right across the Province and indeed beyond Ulster's shores.

Peter Robinson

He said: "We are all very happy at this news and we wish Ian and his entire family circle God's blessing for the days that lie ahead."

UTV's Political Editor Ken Reid said the Paisleys have passed on their gratitude for the support received from around the world and all communities in Northern Ireland.

"As we know he was very seriously ill some weeks back and was in intensive care for about ten or eleven days," he said.

"The family did say it was a very difficult time after he was admitted and I think that was very revealing - last week up in Bushmills I was talking to Ian Paisley Jnr for the first time about his father and he said he had been very ill but I think the thing that furnished the family was the number of goodwill messages from around the world."

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.

© UTV News
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Robert Williams in Toronto wrote (1,058 days ago):
No matter what anyone might think of Dr. Paisley, he was a man of vision, as well as a man of his word. He was instrumental in creating a new denomination, a new political party and spent his entire life representing both his God and his people. The people of Northern Ireland must realize the privilege that was theirs in having such a tireless and strong advocate for them for the last 60 plus years. How many countries would have been privileged to have him for a leader, advocate, minister and tireless defender of freedom. May you recover fully Dr. Paisley and may you and your dear wife Eileen have many years of happiness and health in your golden years. May they truly be golden. All the very, very best Dr. and Mrs. Paisley, Warmest Love & Regards, Bob
ernie stevenson in holland wrote (1,064 days ago):
hope the big man keeps recovering ,i wish him and family all the very best.
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