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Paisley home and on the mend after health scare

Former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley (85) yesterday demonstrated that he is on the road to recovery after his recent health scare.

The founder and long-time leader of the Democratic Unionist Party was pictured at the kitchen table in his Belfast home laughing, joking and sharing a cup of tea with his wife Eileen after being released from hospital.

Dr Paisley was rushed to the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald, on the outskirts of Belfast, at the start of February.

He was diagnosed as suffering from heart failure and at one stage he was in intensive care.

The former moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church fell ill 10 days after preaching his final sermon as a church minister.

Dr Paisley was MP for North Antrim for almost 40 years before he was made a peer in 2010.

After stepping down from the church pulpit, Dr Paisley said he was going to focus on writing his memoirs.

Irish Independent