— BBC Spotlight NI (@BBCSpotlightNI) June 23, 2019
Previously: Under The Spotlight Again
— BBC Spotlight NI (@BBCSpotlightNI) December 11, 2018
BBC Northern Ireland reports:
DUP MP Ian Paisley was given a complimentary holiday at a luxury Maldives resort months after advocating on behalf of its government.
BBC Spotlight obtained new evidence which suggested the visit was requested by the Maldivian government and facilitated by the resort owner, who had political links.
The programme examined whether the MP should have declared the trip in 2016.
He said he paid for part of the holiday and the rest was paid for by a friend.
The North Antrim MP did not reveal the identity of this friend. He said the friend was unconnected with his work and has received no benefit as a result of his work.
Ian Paisley is on on the list to ask a question of the Secretary of State at NI Questions today. Starts at 11.30am.
— William Crawley (@williamcrawley) December 12, 2018
Previously: There Had Been Rumours
Jill O’Herlihy writes:
“First time I’ve ever seen someone take a photo with their phone at a funeral….
Martin McGuinness when asked by Matt Frei on tonight’s Channel 4 News if as a former member of the IRA he ever remembered targeting Ian Paisley replied:
“No. I think that many people within Irish Republicanism thought that Ian Paisley alive was a much better recruiting sergeant if you like, for the IRA at that time.”
Who recruited Marty?
Earlier: Doc Gone
From 1987, when Rhonda Paisley (top) hosted an episode of RTÉ’s chat show Saturday Live.
Most recordings have been destroyed as part of the Good Friday Agreement.
Guests included Brendan Grace, Rhonda’s then partner Sammy Wilson, and her father a pre-cuddly Reverend Ian Paisley (bottom).
Sammy’s deathless anecdotes (15:00, 25:00 and 57:00) and Brendan impersonating the Big Man (54:30) do nothing to relieve the unremitting weirdness.
Watch in full here.
Claire O’Brien writes:
“Found this in my inbox this morning… suspicious.”
Ahead of tonight’s concluding part in Eamonn Mallie’s interview with Ian Paisley (Lord Bannside), the DUP has launched a pre-emptive strike on their former leader. LAD [Loyalists Against Democracy] managed to grab a specially-edited NSFW preview (above).
Last night’s DUP statement included:
“Lord Bannside [Paisley] is entitled to his own opinions – however, he is not entitled to his own facts. The party deeply appreciates the contribution Lord Bannside made to Northern Ireland and to the growth of the DUP…We are saddened to see Lord Bannside harm his own legacy. In his later years as party leader, many colleagues shielded his frailty from public view, to avoid embarrassment and protect his legacy. Those people are hurt by untrue and bitter comments contained in the documentary.”
Party leader Peter Robinson in his satement said:
“This is not the Ian Paisley we knew. As someone who faithfully served Dr Paisley for many decades I will make one final sacrifice by not responding and causing any further damage to his legacy beyond that which he has done himself. Rather than return insult for insult, let me bless him with the mercy of my silence and wish him well.”
In tonight’s programme Ian Paisley says his relationship with Peter Robinson is irreparable:
“His ways are not my ways. He has to answer for how he works.”
Eileen Paisley says of senior DUP members:
“They assassinated him by words and deeds. Treated him shamefully.”
Baroness Paisley goes on to say in a clear reference to Iris Robinson:
“We knew where sleaze did come from. Came from Peter Robinson’s home. It came from his family.”
Paisley: Genesis To Revelation – Face To Face With Eamonn Mallie concludes tonight on BBC One NI, at 10.35pm.
Previously: Staying In Tonight?
‘Paisley: Genesis to Revelation – Face to Face with Eamonn Mallie.’ ….@BBCnireland Prog 1, 10.35 Monday night. Do join me.
— Eamonn Mallie (@EamonnMallie) January 12, 2014
Eamonn Mallie interviews Ian Paisley in the first of two one hour episodes.
BBC One 10:35pm tonight.
Previously: Shots Across The Border
Ian Paisley addressing a crowd in January 1974:
“I say to the Dublin government Mr Faulkner says it’s hands across the border to Dublin. I say if they don’t behave themselves in the South, it will be shots across the border!”
Four months later, on the 17th of May, three car bombs detonated in Dublin and Monaghan killing 33 people, the highest death toll in a single day of the Troubles.
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In his interview with Eamonn Mallie to be shown on BBC One on Monday night, Ian Paisley when referring to the bombings is quoted as saying:
“The political leaders brought it on themselves. I was very much shocked that there was anyone going to be hurt in that way. But I mean, who brought that on themselves was the people that, their own political leaders, and they had endorsed in what their attitude to Northern Ireland, and at that time the attitude of the south government in Northern Ireland was ridiculous, so it was. I not only had nothing to do with it, but I’d said I had nothing to do with it and denounced the people who had done it… What more could I do? I took my stand. I denounced what was wrong, but I could not say to the people: ‘Just sit down and let them put a rope round your neck’.”