Remembering Dr. Ian Paisley
Former first minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley, who died recently, aged 88, was a complex figure. He was one of the most uncompromising politicians throughout the Troubles and many will remember his mantra of “Never, never, never” to any Republican influence. However later in life, he committed the most spectacular change of direction, entering into a power sharing agreement with Sinn Fein.
Ian Paisley, working as First Minister alongside his previous political opponent Martin McGuiness as Deputy First Minister in a peaceful Northern Ireland was an unbelievable outcome for a region that had been torn apart for decades.
Miriam Gormally met Brendan O’Brien, RTE journalist and author, who met and interviewed Ian Paisley several times said that in private, there was far more to Paisley than his formidable public persona.