The Reverend Ian Paisley is the leading figure in the strike that has been disrupting Northern Ireland for the past two days.
The Reverend Ian Paisley is the leading figure in the strike that has been disrupting Northern Ireland for the past two days. The strikers are demanding tougher measures by the British forces against the guerrilla activities of the Irish Republican Army; and a return to local self-government in the province, controlled by its Protestant majority. The dominance of Protestantism in Northern Ireland, and the independence of the province from the Roman Catholic Republic of Ireland in the south are the causes of which Dr. Paisley is an outspoken and militant champion.
"Northern Ireland" is the correct constitutional term for the province that was separated from the rest of Ireland by the Government of Ireland Act, 1920. "Ulster", which Dr. Paisley uses, is the name of one of the ancient kingdoms of Ireland, and was rather larger than the present Northern Ireland. Three of its counties are now in the Republic of Ireland. But colloquially, Northern Ireland is often referred to as "Ulster".
SYNOPSIS: A demonstration of patriotic and religious fervour -- on the day before he was sent to prison for three months, eight years ago, for taking part in an unlawful assembly.
Those votes won him a seat at Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament in 1970. Soon afterwards, he also became a member of the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster. But the House of Commons was not his natural arena. He is more effective stirring the emotions of a crowd.
His stand seems old-fashioned in a world moving towards unity between the Christian churches. But he represents a deep-rooted feeling in a section of the Northern Irish people; and remains a force to be reckoned with in any attempt to find a solution to its problems.