Sunday 26 February 2017

Paisley's story is one of chances lost and rare opportunities missed

Gerard O'Regan

Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley

WHAT thoughts now rummage deep in the canyons of his mind? Inexorably the old man moves from the autumn to his winter years. His 87th birthday has come and gone. Now the future is inevitably enwrapped with the past.

Ian Paisley looked down all his days in a kind of end-of-the-line BBC documentary this week.

It was a most insightful programme – and a very sad one. When he had told his life story as he saw it, there was an overwhelming feeling of chances lost, of once in a lifetime opportunities missed in times that will be no more. For Ian Paisley, things could have been so different.

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