As-it-happened: Reaction to death of Ian Paisley

Key points

  • Former Northern Ireland first minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Ian Paisley has died aged 88
  • Mr Paisley's funeral will be for immediate family only but a public memorial service will be arranged, Baroness Paisley said.
  • Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to one of the "most forceful and instantly recognisable characters in British politics".
  • The late protestant preacher's wife, Baroness Eileen Paisley said the family was heartbroken
  • Former PM Tony Blair said: "He began as the militant. He ended as the peace-maker."
  • Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness lead tributes, saying the pair developed a close relationship despite their many differences

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Last updated 12 September 2014

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