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How Ian Paisley jnr helped turn Rio green for St Patrick’s Day

By Raymond Kilpatrick

Brazil's iconic Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro was bathed in green floodlights to mark St Patrick’s Day — and North Antrim MP Ian Paisley jnr played a part in the history making event.

Brazil's iconic Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro was bathed in green floodlights to mark St Patrick’s Day — and North Antrim MP Ian Paisley jnr played a part in the history making event.

Mr Paisley secured an agreement that the statue would be lit up with green lights from 8pm until midnight on St Patrick’s Day.

The DUP man said the arrangement came about after months of talks with Brazil’s ambassador.

The lighting was part of a worldwide campaign involving iconic sights around the globe — including the London Eye, Table Mountain in South Africa, Burj Al Arab in Dubai and the Moulin Rouge in Paris — to ‘go green’ in honour of St Patrick.

Mr Paisley said: “This was a fantastic result after months of negotiation and discussions.

“It enables the spirit of St Patrick — that of true, honest Christian values — to be recognised in yet another city on yet another iconic monument around the globe.”

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