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Tributes paid following death of agriculture minister Edwin Poots’ father

DUP leader Arlene Foster led the tributes to Charlie Poots, one of the party’s founding members.

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Tributes have been paid following the death of DUP founding member Charlie Poots, father of agriculture minister Edwin Poots (Niall Carson/PA)

Tributes have been paid following the death of DUP founding member Charlie Poots, father of agriculture minister Edwin Poots (Niall Carson/PA)

Tributes have been paid following the death of DUP founding member Charlie Poots, father of agriculture minister Edwin Poots (Niall Carson/PA)

Tributes have been paid to the father of agriculture minister Edwin Poots, who has died.

DUP leader Arlene Foster led the tributes to Charlie Poots, who was a founding member of the party.

Mr Poots served as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly in the 1970s and as a local government councillor in Lisburn before retiring in 1997.

His son Edwin is now a frontline member of the DUP and is currently serving as agriculture minister.

Having been involved in caring for Charlie over recent years, I know how difficult it was not to be close to him as he approached the end of his lifeArlene Foster

Mrs Foster extended her sympathies to the Poots family.

“My heartfelt sympathies are with my friend and executive colleague Edwin and the wider Poots family at this most difficult of times,” she said.

“Having been involved in caring for Charlie over recent years, I know how difficult it was not to be close to him as he approached the end of his life.

“The current circumstances make it difficult for us all to express our thoughts directly with those who have lost someone. However, I hope they can take some comfort from the very many people who will have been impacted by Charlie’s life and work and who will feel his loss.”

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