Live updates

Advertisement

McGuinness pays tribute to Paisley

There will be a public memorial event to Dr Ian Paisley later this year. Credit: Freddie Parkinson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has signed a book of condolence for Ian Paisley following his death at the age of 88.

The former IRA commander was among those who paid tribute to a man once known as Dr No who eventually embraced the peace process and power-sharing with Sinn Fein.

Signing a book of condolence in Londonderry, Mr McGuinness wrote: "In rising above old enmities, we pointed the way to a better and peaceful future. The peace process and I have lost a friend."

Dr Paisley was treated in hospital in the past for an unspecified heart problem.

His widow Baroness Paisley said his funeral will be private but a public memorial event will be held later this year.

Bill Clinton pays tribute to 'remarkable' Dr Ian Paisley

Dr Ian Paisley and former US president Bill Clinton pictured in 1995. Credit: Reuters

Former US President Bill Clinton has paid tribute to Dr Ian Paisley saying he "demonstrated that reconciliation and cooperation is better than conflict and discord."

I was saddened to learn of the death of Ian Paisley, whose remarkable political career carried him from being the leader of hardline Unionism to his service as First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which was marked by his good working relationship with Martin McGuinness.

In the end, the once polarizing Paisley demonstrated that reconciliation and cooperation is better than conflict and discord. That is how he advanced peace for the people he loved so much.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his many friends and supporters.

– Bill Clinton

Advertisement

Archbishop: Paisley will be remembered for his courage

Dr Ian Paisley died today following an illness aged 88. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has paid tribute to Ian Paisley who he called a "passionate advocate of his community" and a "man of deep faith".

He added: "History will remember him for many things but above all for having the courage, when he judged the moment to be right, of taking the difficult but vital steps towards reconciliation."

PM: Paisley was the 'Big Man' of Northern Irish politics

Dr Ian Paisley died following an illness aged 88. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid respect to Dr Ian Paisley saying he will be remembered as the 'Big Man' of Northern Irish politics.

In a statement Mr Cameron said: “On behalf of the whole Government I would like to express sincere condolences to Lady Paisley and the rest of the Paisley family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.

“Ian Paisley was one of the most forceful and instantly recognisable characters in British politics for nearly half a century.

"His length of service was remarkable, as a Stormont MP, a Westminster MP for forty years, an MEP and latterly as First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

“Of course, Ian Paisley was a controversial figure for large parts of his career. Yet the contribution he made in his later years to political stability in Northern Ireland was huge.

" In particular, his decision to take his party into government with Sinn Fein in 2007 required great courage and leadership, for which everyone in these islands should be grateful.

“I saw him most in the House of Commons where his great oratory stood out. He had a deserved reputation as one of the most hard working and effective MPs.

“Ian Paisley will be remembered by many as the ‘Big Man’ of Northern Ireland politics. He will be greatly missed.”

Load more updates