Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 29 January 2015

Ian Paisley: There's life in the old dog yet, says Junior

The Rev Ian Paisley remains seriously ill in hospital
The Rev Ian Paisley remains seriously ill in hospital
PACEMAKER BELFAST. Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux sign away their seats in Westminster during Loyalist Rally. 23/11/85.1224/85/bw
PACEMAKER BELFAST. THe third Force in Newtownards on Loyalist Day of Action. Third force men marched into Newtownards led by Ian Paisley. 23/11/81.1082/81/bw
PACEMAKER BELFAST. The third Force in Newtownards on Loyalist Day of Action. Third force men marched into Newtownards led by Ian Paisley. 23/11/81.1082/81/bw
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Ian Paisley and DUP sign Ulsters Declaration. 9/2/81.123/81/c
DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY (DUP)/DELEGATION AFTER MEETING WITH CHIEF CONSTABLE, FROM LEFT, REV. WILLIAM McCREA, REV. IVAN FOSTER, JIM McALLISTER, REV. IAN PAISLEY AND PETER ROBINSON. 1/2/1984
Government of Northern Ireland. United Ulster Unionist Coalition. (March 1974) Ulster loyalist MPs met at Stormont to agree their policy. From left are Mr. Carson, Mr. Kilfedder, Mr. Dunlop, the Rev. Ian Paisley, Mr. west, the Rev. Robert Bradford, Mr. Craig, Mr. Ross, Mr. Molyneaux, Mr. McCusker. Capt. Orr was in London.
Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),ENJOYS A JOKE WITH MAJOR RONALD BUNTING DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE AT ELECTION HEADQUARTERS IN BELFAST. ON THE LEFT IS COUNCILLOR WILLIAM SPENCE. 27/2/1969
Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with wife Eileen.
Prayers for Ian Paisley at held at Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church on the Ravenhill Road In Belfast.
Rev Ian Paisley ... family holds vigil for ailing patriarch
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley waves to the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with his wife Baroness Paisley and their children and grandchildren before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley has his waistcoat buttoned up by his wife Baroness Paisley before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley hangs up his hat and coat as he arrives for the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST Ian Paisley, David Trimble at the bottom of the Garvaghy road after the 1995 parade was allowed to pass down the road.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 10/12/2004: A delighted Reverend Ian Paisley during the ceremony where he was created a Freeman of the Borough of Ballymena in the town tonight.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Ian Paisley takes his seat in the House of Lords...Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister, took his seat in the House of Lords today as Lord Bannside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 05, 2010. Lord Bannside was one of 56 new peers announced on one day by Downing Street and today he was introduced to the upper chamber along with two Labour peers, Jeannie Drake and Maeve Sherlock. See PA story LORDS Paisley. Photo credit should read: PA Wire...A
First Minister Dr Ian Paisley and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness after they rang the opening bell ay Nasdaq,Times Square ,New York
PACEMAKER BELFAST 4/5/2007Rev Ian Paisley pictured at his Home in East Belfast.
PACEMAKER BELFAST JUNE 1987 JHIAN PAISLEY CANVASSING IN BALLYMONEY FOR FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTION.604/87/BW/C
PACEMAKER BELFAST JUNE 1987 JHIAN PAISLEY CANVASSING IN BALLYMONEY FOR FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTION.2/3/2010 Rev Ian Paisley has today announced that he will not stand at the next generay election after 40 years as an MP. His son Ian junior is expected to fight for the seat against the TUV leader Jim Allister..
Rev Ian Paisley and his Afgan Dog Jason pictured out for a walk along Cyprus Ave. Belfast prior to the assembly elections. Pacemaker Press Intl. 19/10/821047/82/BW
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. End of the Carson Trial Phase 11. Ian Paisley at Stormont Rally. 283/81.270/81/c
Ian Paisley chats to his congregation after delivering his final sermon yesterday from the pulpit of Martyrsí Memorial on the Ravenhill Road for the last time
IAN PAISLEY:DEMOCRAIIC UNIONIST PARTY (DUP) LEADER, WITH PARTY SENIORS, NIGEL DODDS, IRIS AND PETER ROBINSON.
Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), SPEAKS AT A PROTEST RALLY AT CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE. 10/9/1971.
PAISLEY GREAT GRANDFATHERDr Ian Paisley MP Former Northern Ireland First Minister pictured with his first Great Grandchild Caleb Cassells (3 months). Caleb is the son of Ian Paisley's first Grandchild Lydia who is married to Stephen Cassells. He and his wife Baroness Paisley have 5 children and 10 Grandchildren.Photo John Harrison
MERLYN REES.Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Labour MP, Baron Merlyn-Rees. Pictured with DUP leader Ian Paisley.
Ian Paisley pictured with wife Eileen and family in 1989
STANDALONEHandout photo of First Minister for Northern Ireland Ian Paisley with his daughter Rhonda at the opening of her new art exhibition at the Emer Gallery, Antrim Road, Belfast.: Sunday May 4 2008.
DUP leader Ian Paisley pictured with his wife Eileen on his return from a short stay in hospital. He is now enjoying his summer break before returning to Political work in the Autumn.
20/5/2011 Pacemaker Belfast. Former First Minister Ian Paisley salutes members of the Royal Irish Rangers this evening as they were welcomed home by thousands in Ballymena town centre after their tour of Afghanistan. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 7th February 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Former First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the DUP Ian Paisley is admitted to hospital. 85-year-old Lord Bannside was admitted to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald after taking ill on Sunday. Ian Paisley Jnr pictured leaving the Ulster Hospital in east Belfast.
Ian Paisley and his wife Baroness Eileen Paisley chatting to Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show.KOBPIX NO FEE
Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),during his victory rally through Larne. 9/7/1970
Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),with fellow DUP MP's John McQuade ans Peter Robinson, wave to the crowd at Stormont gates. 23/11/1981
Rev Ian Paisley: DUP Leader. June 1966.The Reverend Ian Paisley and his supporters, who held a protest march to the Assembly Hall, Belfast..
Rev Ian Paisley, Party Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party grabs Ulster television interviewer Ivan Little during a TV interview at the North Antrim count at Ballymoney in the Northern Ireland election, November 27 2003. The Ulster Unionist and Democratic Unionist are running neck-and-neck in a tight Northern Ireland Assembly Election contest, an Exit poll has claimed today. See PA story ULSTER Elections. PA Photo: Michael Cooper.
Handout photo of Senator Hilary Clinton with First Minister Northern Ireland Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Willard Hotel ,Washington DC. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 7, 2007. Photo credit should read: John Harrison/PA Wire
DUP Protesters outside Belfast City Hall on arrival of Dublin Councillors to Belfast. Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Rev William McCrea with supporters. Also DUP protesters try to prevent Lord Mayor John Carson reaching Central Station to meet Dubliners. Pacemaker Press Intl. 3rd March 1981193/81/BW
REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.Ian Paisley, out looking for votes for the European Elections, stops to look at this little Shetland Pony at the Ballyclare May Fair. 22/5/1984.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-02-2012: Ian Paisley Jr pictured leaving Dundonald hospital.The former first minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley has spent the night at his hospital bedside.Lord Bannside, who is 85, was taken ill on Sunday. He is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.Picture By: Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Rev Ian Paisley announcing European Manefests at Party Headquarters. He is pictured with Peter Robinson. 23/5/79105/79/bw
Ian Pailsey aged 8
eader of the DUP , Rev Dr Ian Paisley as he goes on the campaign trail through the streets of Belfast City. Picture Mark Pearce/Pacemaker 2/3/2010
Lord and Lady Paisley celebrate at their east Belfast home
Pictured in Crossgar on 17th March 1951 at the opening of the first Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster are L to R: Jack Gibson, George Hutton, Cecil Harvey, Rev Dr Ian Paisley, William Emerson, Rev George Stears (Minister Pro tem), James Morrison, George K Gibson, William Miscampbell and Hugh James Adams.
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with his wife Baroness Paisley and their children and grandchildren before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. A reserved seat indeed for the Rev. Ian Paisley among the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley waves to the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
Ian Paisley at an Ulster Says No rally in Ballymoney 1986
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 IAN PAISLEY AS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY
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A young Ian Paisley aged just eight years old.
CIVIL RIGHTS PROTEST: PEOPLE'S DEMOCRACY. First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall. 9/10/1968.
Outgoing Free Presbyterian Moderator Rev Ian Paisley and the Rev Ron Johnston incoming Moderator.
Ian Paisley (right), the former Northern Ireland first minister, with his son Ian Paisley Jnr (left) after his father took his seat in the House of Lords today as Lord Bannside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 05, 2010. Lord Bannside was one of 56 new peers announced on one day by Downing Street and today he was introduced to the upper chamber along with two Labour peers, Jeannie Drake and Maeve Sherlock. See PA story LORDS Paisley. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
(from video) of UUP leader David Trimble and DUP leader Ian Paisley walk hand in hand in the centre of Portadown celebrating the fact that Orangemen were allowed to walk the Nationalist Garvaghy Road.
PACEMAKER BELFAST. Ulsters Day of action-Belfast City Hall. Huge Crowds took the advide of Ian Paisley and other Unionists to take the afternoon off work and show their feelings to the Government that they were against any Dublin relationships developing, fearing that any concessions would only lead to a United Ireland. 23/11/81.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.
Democratic Unionist Party leader The Reverend Ian Paisley (left) and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speak to the media during a press conference at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2007. Rev Paisley and Mr Adams are to hold their first-ever face-to-face talks in a last-ditch bid to rescue devolution in Northern Ireland.
THIS could be the biggest political development of 2004 as Gerry Adams, complete with pint of Guinness, comes face-to-face with Ian Paisley. Or could it be a new united unionist front with Dr Paisley finally making peace with David Trimble in a show of solidarity that also includes Bob McCartney, Peter Robinson and David Ervine? Not in the real world of course - but definitely inside the head of impressionist Sean Crummy who is set to bring his hilarious Folks on the Hill radio show to television.
Belfast Telegraph. Page One. Final 2/3/2010Ian Paisley
Belfast Telegraph. Page One. 30/11/1968. "8,000 Marchers halted near Paisley crowd"
Pacemaker Belfast. 12/7/08. The Rev Ian Paisley with the white horse of 'King Billy' in the field at the independents Orange parade in Portglenone this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
Ian Paisley leader of the Democratic Unionist Party,with wife Eileen, relaxes at home with a cup of tea, after his anti agreement party, out polled ,David Trimbles Ulster Unionist Party,Friday 28th November 2003,in the Nortern Ireland Assembley electionsl.PA:Paul Faith
PACEMAKER ARCHIVE 1978 REF 174/78Rev Ian paisley protesting in Carrick at the fact that the BBC were filming Its a Knockout on a Sunday23/4/78
Rev Ian Paisley After Formation of Defence Corp. Paisley with copy of morning's Newsletter which announces that he had unveiled a new Defence Corp following a late night gathering of loyalists. Pacemaker Press Intl. 6th Feb. 1981.120/81/BW
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 Rev Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen Date unknown
Pacamaker Archive BelfastRev Ian Paisley Wedding Day28-02-1991168-91-BW
Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC
Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. End of the Carson Trial Phase 11. Stormont Rally. Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson. 28/3/81.270/81/c
27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with fellow clergy before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. The early years of the life of the Rev Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Funeral of Kenneth Campbell who was shot dead at the Finaghy Health Centre with Robert Bradford MP. Ian Paisley is pictured crying. 17/11/81.1120/81/bw
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. End of the Carson Trial Phase 11. Ian Paisley at Stormont Rally. 283/81.270/81/c
PACEMAKER BELFAST ARCHIVE 9124 MARCH 1991REV IAN PAISLEY PREACHING TO 12000 STRONG CONGREGATION ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946
Ian Paisley:DUP Leader. Wearing that beret.
The Reverend Ian Paisley, a militant Protestant leader, singing during a demonstration outside Canterbury Cathedral against the first Roman Catholic Mass to be held there for 400 years. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
30/4/2010. PACEMAKER BELFAST. WHILST THE ELECTION RACE RAGES ON THE FORMER MP AND FIRST MINISTER IAN PAISLEY STOOD AT CITY HALL BELFAST THIS AFTERNOON IN, A FAMILIAR SPOT WHERE HE HAS STOOD MANY TIMES BEFORE WITH A BIBLE IN HIS HAND AS HE PREACHED AND SANG WITH HIS GOSPEL GROUP. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
30/4/2010. PACEMAKER BELFAST. WHILST THE ELECTION RACE RAGES ON THE FORMER MP AND FIRST MINISTER IAN PAISLEY STOOD AT CITY HALL BELFAST THIS AFTERNOON IN, A FAMILIAR SPOT WHERE HE HAS STOOD MANY TIMES BEFORE BUT TODAY WITH A BIBLE IN HIS HAND AS HE PREACHED AND SANG WITH HIS GOSPEL GROUP. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946
PACEMAKER BELFAST. Copy pics from the book about the early years of the life of Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946
PACEMAKER BELFAST November 1985Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the Anti Anglo Irish rally in Belfast in 1985 where he made in infamous Never Never Never speach...
Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88
REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.DUP leader Reverend Ian Paisley features on a DUP campaign to 'Smash Sinn Fein and Reject Republicanism'.
Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveRev Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the Kings Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church.24-3-199114/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946
REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988
Enthronement of Archbishop John Armstrong at Armagh. Ian Paisley arrested outside Cathedral for trying to break through a police cordon. Paisley, Peter Robinson and Jonhy McQuade as well as DUP supporters were arrested. They were held in custody for just one hour. Paisley etc. were there to protest at the presence of Premier Charles Haughey from the south who they claimed was willingly harbouring wanted terrorists. Pacemaker Press Intl. 7th May 1980.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.316/80/BW
Old school pics -Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley bowed out of Stormont with a rousing speech
Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen on wedding their day.
Former DUP leader Ian Paisley
Lord Bannside: Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson are taken away by police in Armagh after protesting a vist by Charles Haughey in 1980
Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen
Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley holding his first great grandchild Caleb Cassells
Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds with DUP Candidates for Belfast Council Elections. 24/4/89
Ian Paisley DUP electioneering for Europe in Portadown. 11/6/84
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness were branded the 'chuckle brothers'
15/08/1971 of The Reverend Ian Paisley during a press conference in Stormont, Northern Ireland.
November 1985 - Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the Anti Anglo Irish rally in Belfast
The Reverend Ian Paisley speaking at a ceremony held at Stormont to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edward Carson. October 1985
A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall. 9/10/1968.
Ian Paisley addresses a 12,000 strong crowd at the 40th anniversary of the Free Presbyterian church in the Kings Hall. 1999
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont. May 8, 2007.
Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson being arrested in Armagh.1980
95. Newly appointed First Minister Dr Ian Paisley, left, presents a 300 year-old musket to Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the Battle of the Boyne site, Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May, 11, 2007. The pair visited the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne 1690 between the Protestant King William of Orange and the Catholic King James's army.
Ian Paisley
The Queen greeted by First Minister Ian Paisley in east Belfast
First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley near Belfast City Hall. Pictured is Ciaran McKeown(with beard). 9/10/1968.
First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley at Shaftesbury Square, Belfast. 9/10/1968.
Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley is making "steady progress" after being admitted to hospital earlier this month, he son Ian Jnr said today.

He told BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme: "He has demonstrated that there is life in the old dog yet. He is a very hearty and strong man."

Mr Paisley, 85, was admitted to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, near Belfast suffering from apparent heart failure.

At one stage he was in intensive care.

Mr Paisley is a former moderator and founding member of the Free Presbyterian Church and was MP for north Antrim for almost 40 years.

His son Ian junior, who succeeded him at Westminster, was with other family members at the hospital through the day. He left at about 4.30pm without making any public comment on his father's condition.

There had been concerns several years ago about Mr Paisley's health, when he lost weight and looked gaunt.

But he made a good recovery from heart problems and while his voice was showing signs of obvious weakness, some people who were there for his farewell sermon at the Martyrs Memorial Church in Belfast on January 27 remarked on how well he appeared for his age.

After withdrawing from church and public life he was planning to write his autobiography.

Mr Paisley, once a fierce opponent of sharing government powers with nationalists and republicans in Northern Ireland, was elected First Minister in May 2007 with Martin McGuinness, a former IRA leader in Londonderry, as deputy First Minister.

It was a remarkable partnership, the two men becoming firm professional and personal friends, and who were later nicknamed the "Chuckle Brothers".

Mr Paisley's five children - twin sons Ian Jnr and Kyle, an ordained minister as well, and three daughters, Rhonda, Sharon and Cherith - were among the 3,000 people for his final address.

Now known as Lord Bannside, he said: "I am exceedingly happy that I've had the privilege of being the preacher here for 65 years, and that's a long time.

"We have seen a miraculous work done, and we have seen a great change in our city in many ways. We've seen a change spiritually by people having respect for the Bible."

He underwent tests for an undisclosed illness in summer 2004 and afterwards admitted he had "walked in death's shadow".

Some years later he had a pacemaker fitted after feeling unwell at the House of Lords.

Mr Paisley has been a fierce critic of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which led to the formation of the first power-sharing administration at Stormont since 1974.

But in the aftermath of the signing of another political arrangement which became known as the St Andrews Agreement of 2006, he underwent an astonishing political transformation which culminated with him going into power with Sinn Fein a year later.

It was a deal which would have been unimaginable at the height of the IRA terrorist campaign, but this was a much different Ian Paisley from the firebrand preacher who spent decades on the margins of political power, damning the Catholic Church, and who was once thrown out of the European Parliament for denouncing Pope John Paul II as the anti-Christ.

He stood down as First Minister in May 2008 with his long-time deputy party leader Peter Robinson taking over around the same time as he was made a life peer in Gordon Brown's Dissolution Honours List. He was MP for North Antrim from June 1970 until May 2010.

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