Paisley discharged from hospital

Former Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley has been discharged from hospital, his family said.

Mr Paisley, 87, spent just over two weeks undergoing treatment at the Ulster Hospital near Belfast.

His son Ian Paisley Jnr said: “I am delighted he is back home again and settled. I am very grateful for the wonderful work of the hospital staff.”

In February 2012 the former North Antrim MP suffered from heart failure but returned to public life after recovering.

The previous year he had a pacemaker fitted at St Thomas’ hospital in London after falling ill at Westminster. Paramedics had to revive him following his collapse in parliament.

Mr Paisley stood down as the North's first minister in 2008 and ended 60 years of full-time ministry in January 2012.

The veteran unionist and fundamentalist Protestant preacher has recently retreated from public life and preached his final sermon as leader of the deeply conservative Free Presbyterian Church which he founded in the 1960s.

When he moved aside as DUP leader he was succeeded by his long-time deputy Peter Robinson.

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