Paisley Snr in intensive care

Published Monday, 06 February 2012
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Former DUP leader Ian Paisley Snr has been admitted to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

Paisley Snr in intensive care
The Rev. Ian Paisley speaks to press outside the house of commons in March 2010 (© Getty)

UTV understands that the 85-year-old Rev Paisley is being treated in the intensive care unit in the hospital in east Belfast, after suffering from heart problems on Sunday.

In a statement on Monday afternoon Ian Paisley's wife, Baroness Paisley, confirmed her husband, former First Minister Lord Bannside, is currently being treated in the Ulster Hospital.

She requested that "the family's privacy be respected at this difficult time".

In December Rev Paisley preached his final sermon after standing down as moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church.

In an interview with UTV at the time, he said of his ministry: "I would say the average of a man that has good health should do about 25-30 years, but I have doubled that so I have done very well!"

Asked whether he felt his mantle as a politician or a churchman has been the most important, Rev Paisley said he wished to be remembered as a "gospel man".

He said: "Oh by long and far the gospel man. Really the fact that I was in politics came as a result of the faith that I preached."

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

In his heyday, Rev Paisley was a fierce opponent of sharing government powers with nationalists and republicans in Northern Ireland.

However, he was elected First Minister in May 2007 with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister.

The two men went on to develop a remarkable friendship - both on a personal and professional level - which earned them the nickname the "Chuckle Brothers".

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26 Comments
doire abu in doire wrote (898 days ago):
A person is a person, always one of God's own - may you and your family receive great comfort. It is only God who can and will judge you
Stevo the Magnificent in NEWTOWNABBEY wrote (899 days ago):
Whilst I disagree with how Dr Paisley conducted himself in decades past (speaking as a unionist, a staunch monarchist, and a Bible-believing Christian), those times are past, and I genuinely and sincerely wish Dr Paisley a speedy and full recovery, if for no other reason (although genuine compassion is reason enough), I can't wait to read his memoirs - the political book of the century, for sure! Get well soon Dr Paisley, continue in the Lord's grace, and God bless you and your extended family...
jason in limavady wrote (899 days ago):
@ caroline..don't know what religon ur were taught but im catholic and was taught love my neighbour...wish rev paisley a speedy recovery
Matthew Martin in Ulster wrote (899 days ago):
Get well soon big man, thoughts are with the family!
Robert Godon in Tullyallen Co Louth wrote (899 days ago):
Praying for You Ian And the family , Get well soon , The Lord Jesus will keep you in his care.
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