Ian Paisley book of condolence to open at Derry’s Guildhall

Ian Paisley was 'marked by strong convictions and evangelical zeal' said Bishop Noel Treanor
Ian Paisley was 'marked by strong convictions and evangelical zeal' said Bishop Noel Treanor

Members of the public will be able to sign a book of condolence for Ian Paisley at Derry’s Guildhall from Saturday morning.

The book will be open from 10 a.m. and among the first to sign it will be the city’s Mayor Brenda Stevenson.

The former leader of the DUP died on Friday morning aged 88.

Mayor Stevenson said that, while she did not share many of Dr. Paisley’s political views, she admired his “tireless commitment and energy to working for the best for the people of Northern Ireland”.

She added: “Dr. Paisley had a huge personality... He was known for his dedication to his constituents and his death is a significant blow to everyone who knew him.

“I always admired his energy and exuberance for politics and I am truly sad at the news of his death.”

Extending her sympathies to his widow Baroness Paisley and family members, Mayor Stevenson said Dr. Paisley had played a “huge part” in shaping the political and religious views of Northern Ireland and his “legacy would be felt for many decades”.