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Rev Ian Paisley 'too soft' for DUP supporters

Éamon Phoenix
DUP leader Ian Paisley came under attack from party supporters in 1997 for his ‘soft line’ over a lack of applications from the Protestant community for European Union funding for community development.

John Major blocked Irish famine event over 'apology'

Éamon Phoenix
Proposals to mark the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine with an ecumenical service in Liverpool to coincide with President Mary Robinson’s first visit to the UK were vetoed in 1996 by Prime Minister John Major.