Ian Paisley dies aged 88

The New Free Presbyterion Church visit by DR Rev Ian Paisley'PA0337-20a'Rev Paul Fitton, Rev Ian Paisley, Rev Cairin Salt Local minister 01262 851868
The New Free Presbyterion Church visit by DR Rev Ian Paisley'PA0337-20a'Rev Paul Fitton, Rev Ian Paisley, Rev Cairin Salt Local minister 01262 851868
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The former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Dr Ian Paisley has died at 88.

His wife Eileen Paisley said the family was heartbroken.

Dr Paisley was a firebrand fundamentalist Protestant preacher and politician who led opposition to compromise with the IRA for decades in Northern Ireland.

He became a peacemaker when he entered government with Sinn Fein at Stormont as first minister following a landmark deal.

He has been ill for some time.

Baroness Paisley 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.”

He was Steward of the Manor of Northstead for less than one day on December 17 1985 when seven MPs all resigned from the parliament.

The first being Dr Paisley, the last being Enoch Powell.