Ian Paisley admitted to Ulster hospital

Ian Paisley was taken ill on Sunday

6 February 2012 Last updated at 18:38

The former first minister and leader of the DUP, Ian Paisley, has been admitted to hospital.

Lord Bannside, who is 85, was taken ill on Sunday. It is understood he is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

Reports that he suffered a heart attack are unconfirmed.

Baroness Paisley has released a statement confirming that her husband is being treated in the Ulster Hospital.

She has requested that the family’s privacy is respected at a difficult time.

In February of last year, Mr Paisley was fitted with a pacemaker after falling ill at a House of Lords meeting.

At the end of last month, more than 3,000 people gathered to hear him preach his farewell service at Martyrs’ Memorial Church in east Belfast.

The service marked the official end of his six decades of full-time ministry.

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