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Arlene Foster is expected to be appointed DUP leader this evening

Arlene Foster is expected to be appointed DUP leader this evening

Kyle Paisley

Kyle Paisley

Ian Paisley with his twin sons Kyle and Ian jnr

Ian Paisley with his twin sons Kyle and Ian jnr

Arlene Foster is expected to be appointed DUP leader this evening

The son of the founding father of the DUP has welcomed Arlene Foster's imminent coronation as the new leader of the party saying she would bring a breath of fresh air.

Arlene Foster will today be crowned Peter Robinson's successor as DUP leader and First Minister.

Kyle Paisley, brother to Ian and son of the late Lord Bannside who led the party for almost four decades, currently ministers in the Suffolk area of England.

He said he was "glad" to see Mrs Foster take on the party's leadership.

Speaking to the BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme, he said: "She is a very capable individual. I have not studied her political career in any great depth but the little I have seen her do I think she is very capable.

"I think she will bring a breath of fresh air to it, as there has never been a women leading unionism in Northern Ireland.

"It'll be new for Northern Ireland, new for unionism, but that might broaden the appeal of the party to have that."

On Nigel Dodds, Rev Paisley said it wasn't surprising that the deputy leader did not run for the party leadership as he had "made his reasons abundantly clear".

Asked if he was sorry the North Belfast MP did not run for the position, Rev Paisley responded: "I'm glad to see Arlene Foster get it as it brings a different perspective to unionism that it hasn't had before.

"That's always good."

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Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont.

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont.

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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

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

Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen on wedding their day.

Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen on wedding their day.

Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds with DUP Candidates for Belfast Council Elections. 24/4/89

Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds with DUP Candidates for Belfast Council Elections. 24/4/89

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. The early years of the life of the Rev Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw

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. 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

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

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

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The funeral of procession of former DUP leader Ian Paisley. Pic Pacemaker

The funeral of procession of former DUP leader Ian Paisley. Pic Pacemaker

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)

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)

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of a portrait of Rev Ian Paisley in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of a portrait of Rev Ian Paisley in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Northern Ireland- 15th September 2014 Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com

Book of condolence opened at Belfast City Hall following the death of former First Minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley who died on Friday aged 88-years-old.  Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams sings the book.

Northern Ireland- 15th September 2014 Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Book of condolence opened at Belfast City Hall following the death of former First Minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley who died on Friday aged 88-years-old. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams sings the book.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Deputy Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 Rev Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen      Date unknown

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 Rev Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen Date unknown

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

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 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

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

PACEMAKER BELFAST.  Ian Paisley  and Jim Molyneaux sign away their seats in Westminster during Loyalist Rally. 23/11/85.1224/85/bw

PACEMAKER BELFAST. Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux sign away their seats in Westminster during Loyalist Rally. 23/11/85.1224/85/bw

Pacamaker Archive BelfastRev Ian Paisley Wedding Day28-02-1991168-91-BW

Pacamaker Archive BelfastRev Ian Paisley Wedding Day28-02-1991168-91-BW

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister Peter Robinson  signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. First Minister Peter Robinson signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

SDLP leader Dr. Alasdair McDonnell signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. SDLP leader Dr. Alasdair McDonnell signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

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Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with wife Eileen.

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with wife Eileen.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Jim Allister signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Jim Allister signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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

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

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), SPEAKS AT A PROTEST RALLY AT CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE. 10/9/1971.

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), SPEAKS AT A PROTEST RALLY AT CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE. 10/9/1971.

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MERLYN REES.Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Labour MP, Baron Merlyn-Rees. Pictured with DUP leader Ian Paisley.

MERLYN REES.Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Labour MP, Baron Merlyn-Rees. Pictured with DUP leader Ian Paisley.

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Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),during his victory rally through Larne. 9/7/1970

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),during his victory rally through Larne. 9/7/1970

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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

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

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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

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.

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.

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PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Rev Ian Paisley announcing European Manefests at Party Headquarters. He is pictured with Peter Robinson. 23/5/79105/79/bw

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

Ian Pailsey aged 8

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.

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.

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC

Ian Paisley at an Ulster Says No rally in Ballymoney 1986

Ian Paisley at an Ulster Says No rally in Ballymoney 1986

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

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

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 Ian Paisley pictured with wife Eileen and family in 1989

Ian Paisley pictured with wife Eileen and family in 1989

Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88

Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88

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.

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),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

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Rev Ian Paisley ... family holds vigil for ailing patriarch

Rev Ian Paisley ... family holds vigil for ailing patriarch

Charles McQuillan

Former First Minister Mr Paisley continues to be treated in intensive care for suspected heart failure

Former First Minister Mr Paisley continues to be treated in intensive care for suspected heart failure

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 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 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 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

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 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

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

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

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PACEMAKER BELFAST      4/5/2007Rev Ian Paisley pictured at his Home in East Belfast.

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.604/87/BW/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 chats to his congregation after delivering his final sermon yesterday from the pulpit of Martyrsí Memorial on the Ravenhill Road for the last time

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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.

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.

John Harrison

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.

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.

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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.

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.

©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 and his wife Baroness Eileen Paisley chatting to Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show.KOBPIX NO FEE

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

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

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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

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

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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 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 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 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

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Ian Paisley D1.jpg

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 IAN PAISLEY AS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 IAN PAISLEY AS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY

A young Ian Paisley aged just eight years old.

A young Ian Paisley aged just eight years old.

Ian Paisley

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

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

Stefan Rousseau

(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.

(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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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. Final 2/3/2010Ian Paisley

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Belfast Telegraph. Page One. 30/11/1968.  "8,000 Marchers halted near Paisley crowd"

Belfast Telegraph. Page One. 30/11/1968. "8,000 Marchers halted near Paisley crowd"

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

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

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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

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 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

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

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...

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 bowed out of Stormont with a rousing speech

Ian Paisley bowed out of Stormont with a rousing speech

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen

Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley holding his first great grandchild Caleb Cassells

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley holding his first great grandchild Caleb Cassells

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness were branded the 'chuckle brothers'

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness were branded the 'chuckle brothers'

The Reverend Ian Paisley speaking at a ceremony held at Stormont to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edward Carson. October 1985

The Reverend Ian Paisley speaking at a ceremony held at Stormont to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edward Carson. October 1985

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A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall.  9/10/1968.

A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall. 9/10/1968.

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Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson being arrested in Armagh.1980

Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson being arrested in Armagh.1980

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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.

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

Ian Paisley

The Queen greeted by First Minister Ian Paisley in east Belfast

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 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.

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

Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

Earlier this year, Rev Paisley had said that the DUP might not survive unless there was a change in the leadership.

Asked what direction he felt the DUP would take under Arlene Foster, he said: "That's for the party to decide.

"I don't think Arlene Foster will compromise her unionism, I think it will remain a traditional unionist party under her."

Asked if the party may become more liberal, he said "it may well do".

He continued: "It may have to respond to the changes in society, but there are some things I wouldn't change just because society changes.

"And there are some things that should never change just to keep everybody happy.

"There are issues that you have to standby, regardless if you have to swim against the stream on them."

On yesterday's ruling on Northern Ireland abortion laws being "incompatible" with human rights, Rev Paisley said: "I can understand why you would want abortion as a result of people who fell pregnant as because of abuse or sex crime.

"I just would be anxious about [fatal fetal abnormality] because how do you define that?

"I heard one definition yesterday that was closer to dwarfism and that is not a fatal fetal abnormality.

"Preferably I would rather see life spared even in those extreme cases. 

"But I don’t believe in free abortion as I think that would open the floodgates for all kinds of stuff."

Asked if he would vote DUP if he lived in Northern Ireland, Rev Paisley laughed, saying he didn't know who he would vote for.

Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA Foster is the only nominee for the leadership.

Her appointment is likely to be rubber-stamped by the party's electoral college, which is mainly composed of full-time elected representatives.

At close of nominations last week, outgoing leader Peter Robinson tweeted that she was the only nomination.

He added: "Arlene's nomination was submitted with the support of over 75% of those entitled to vote in the electoral college."

It is a personal triumph for the Enniskillen solicitor and mother of three.

She is in many ways the complete opposite of previous DUP leaders. She is a woman, Church of Ireland member and from Fermanagh. Most significantly of all, perhaps, she is a former member of the UUP.

She first became an MLA for them in November 2003 and defected to the DUP just a few weeks later.

It signalled a long term decline of the UUP which also lost MP Jeffrey Donaldson, Nora Beare, a party functionary, and many backroom staff.

Party handlers will be hoping that Mrs Foster is the woman to attract more members and broaden the party's base.

Peter Robinson previously discussed the need to broaden the party to match the views of its electorate.

It will now fall to Mrs Foster to try and make this happen.

So far she has been reasonably tight-lipped about her plans but they must include pushing through spending commitments from the recent Fresh Start document before the May election.

Once she is in post on January 11, things may become clearer fairly quickly.

She is not one to hang around and is expected to announce a reshuffle fairly soon.

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