The wife of Former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley, Eileen, has announced his death.

Dr Paisley co-founded the Democratic Unionist Party, and led it from 1971 to 2008.  Having been a founding member, he was also Moderator for the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster for 57 years.  The DUP became the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland in 2005, ousting the Ulster Unionists (UUP) who had dominated union politics in Northern Ireland since partition.

Dr Paisley, who has died at 87

Dr Paisley, who has died at 88

Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside was born on 6th April 1926. On the 8th May 2007, as the leader of the DUP, he was elected First Minister.  Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness was elected Deputy First Minister in the same election.

Ian and Eileen Paisley had five children together; three daughters, Sharon, Rhonda and Cherith, as well as twin sons, Kyle and Ian. Kyle, Ian and Rhonda have all followed their father into politics or religion, becoming a Free Presbyterina minister, a DUP MP and a retired DUP councillor respectively.

Dr Paisley suffered from ill health for several years, but a cause of death has not yet been announced.