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Ian Paisley Junior silent on father’s TV programme

Ian Paisley Junior is congratulated by his dad after securing the DUP nomination in the North Antrim Constituency in 2010.

Ian Paisley Junior is congratulated by his dad after securing the DUP nomination in the North Antrim Constituency in 2010.

 

Ian Paisley Jr has avoided mentioning the storm created by his father’s final television interview in his weekly newspaper column.

In the local edition of The Sun, the North Antrim MP commented on everything from the possibility of an EU referendum, to the Australian Tennis Open, to suggestions that the age certificates for films could be reviewed.

Mr Paisley also commented on the spate of road deaths as well as the inquiry into child abuse.

And referring to the head of football’s governing body FIFA and allegations of corruption in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the former Stormont junior minister said: “There’ll be no shortage of pressure ahead for FIFA and its chief Sepp Blatter.”

But there was no mention of Monday night’s BBC film based on Lord Bannside’s interviews with veteran journalist Eamonn Mallie, in which he made a series of controversial statements, some of which have been dismissed as “inaccurate” by the DUP.

The second part of the interviews, in which Dr Paisley is expected to make accusations about his removal from the party leadership and Free Presbyterian moderatorship, is to be broadcast on Monday.

Last week Mr Mallie, who interviewed Dr Paisley for the BBC programme, said that Mr Paisley Jr had “absolutely no act or part in any of the contributions to this programme”.

Lord Bannside writes a weekly column for the News Letter which appears on Fridays but is on a period of leave from that work due to having been in hospital.

Yesterday, the South Eastern Health Trust confirmed that Dr Paisley had left hospital more than two weeks after being admitted for unspecified tests.

A spokeswoman for the trust said that Dr Paisley had been discharged on Wednesday but said that no further details would be made available.

On December 29, it was reported that Lord Bannside had been admitted to hospital. At the time, Baroness Paisley said that her husband was “in good spirits”.

In February 2012, Dr Paisley spent time on a life-support machine and he later spoke of eight days which are “missing” to him as he fought for life.

 

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