Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Private Ian Paisley library planned

Lord Bannside Ian Paisley relaxes with his wife Eileen at their home in Belfast following his recent illness.Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons
Lord Bannside Ian Paisley relaxes with his wife Eileen at their home in Belfast following his recent illness.Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

A private library has been proposed by a Paisley family-owned business, which if given the green light, is expected to house a vast collection of publications amassed by the former Northern Ireland First Minister during his political and religious career.

A company formed by Mr Paisley’s family, Bannside Library Limited, has applied to convert two retail units on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast into a private library, with limited public access.

According to records filed at Companies House, Bannside Library Limited's directors include Lord Bannside, his wife Baroness Paisley and four of their children.

They are seeking planning permission for a private library and book store at 135-139 Upper Newtownards Road, with proposals for a private reading area and an area for book storage.

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