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PAISLEY TO MEET AHERN.



DUP DUP (in Northern Ireland) Democratic Unionist Party  chief Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley may also refer to Ian Paisley, Jr.
Ian Richard Kyle Paisley (born 6 April 1926), styled The Revd and Rt Hon. Ian Paisley and also known as Dr Ian Paisley, is the First Minister of Northern Ireland.
 is set for a historic meeting with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Dr Paisley, who has always refused to meet Republic of Ireland politicians, has requested the meeting, which he claimed will be "signi- ficant".

He will meet Mr Ahern in his role as Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church Free Presbyterian Church may mean:
  • Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, a breakaway from the Free Church of Scotland
  • Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, sometimes known simply as Free Presbyterian Church, founded by Ian Paisley in 1951.
 to discuss attacks on his churches in the Republic.

Dr Pailsey said yesterday: "This is purely a church matter. It is not about politics. It is about the right to worship God.

"Southern politicians criticise attacks on Roman Catholic churches List of Roman Catholic Churches
  • Latin Rite
  • Eastern Catholic Churches
  • Alexandrian liturgical tradition:
  • Coptic Catholic Church
 in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Northern Ireland

Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267.
 as sec- tarian but insist they are not sectarian sec·tar·i·an  
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sect.

2. Adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; partisan.

3. Narrow-minded; parochial.

n.
1.
 in their country."

Dr Paisley will lead a delegation from two congregations whose churches have been attacked by vandals.

A recent arson attack on Corrygarry Free Presby- terian Church in Co Monaghan caused pounds 100,000 worth of damage and a former Orange Hall in Castleblaney, recently bought by the Church for renovation, had its windows smashed.

Dr Paisley said the attacks were causing "grave concern" in the Free Presbyterian Church.

He said: "The Corrygarry Church was set alight at both ends and I cannot accept the reason the Garda gave me personally when I visited the site - that it was done by drunken vandals with no religious motivation."

The Free Presbyterian Church has a third Republic of Ireland congregation at Convoy in Co Donegal.
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Author:Roberts, Joe
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 22, 1999
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