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Tributes for ex-Unionist MP Boal

Published 23/04/2015

Tributes have been paid to the former Unionist MP Desmond Boal, who has died.
Tributes have been paid to the former Unionist MP Desmond Boal, who has died.

Tributes have been paid to the former Unionist MP Desmond Boal, who has died.

The well known barrister represented the Shankill constituency in Belfast between 1960 and 1971, but left to establish the Democratic Unionist Party with Ian Paisley.

He was the DUP's first chairman, but after a series of disagreements with the party leadership stood down from politics and resumed his legal career.

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister, also a barrister who split from the DUP, was among those leading the tributes.

He said: " I was deeply saddened to hear of the death last night of Desmond Boal. Desmond was a unique talent in both politics and law.

"Brilliant in cross examination and unrivalled in the skills of advocacy, I as a young barrister learned much from watching him in action.

"It was a privilege to have known him for these last several decades."

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has also expressed sympathy.

Mr Nesbitt said: " Whether it was in politics or the law, Desmond Boal was a hard man to miss.

"Even driving to work in the courts in Belfast, you always knew if he was on the road, with his rather cheeky 'FIB' number plate.

"He will be remembered as a man of intellect and commitment, whether you agreed with his vision or not."

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