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First Minister, his impact was extraordinary. Privately Martin McGuinness extolled him as a man who above all kept his word — critical for the working of the government. Now he is gone, a controversial figure who spanned the role of both troublemaker and peacemaker. He is proof that even the most irredentist can change – a hopeful thought as I look around Northern Ireland and other trouble spots and see irredentism everywhere. He shone a light that pierced an IA encircling gloom.

On September 12, Reverend Ian Paisley died. The story is developing as we go to press and we will have more information at These are some of the first tributes paid to his family and legacy. “Ian was a remarkable man whose long career in public life has left an indelible mark upon all of us who knew him.” – Peter Robinson (DUP), First Minister of Northern Ireland.

“Very sad to learn that Ian Paisley has died. My deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen and family. Once political opponents – I have lost a friend.” – Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin), Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. Via Twitter.

“Dr Ian Paisley RIP. A good friend to me in my early day in politics. The only man I’ve shared a platform with who made me feel shy.”

– Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times, September 2, 2014. A recent UCC Émigré research project found that “an enormous proportion of emigrants [previously] employed in Ireland did not feel content with their professional careers before moving.” Between 2009 and 2014, the number of people in Ireland age 15-35 dropped by 217,000, more than the population of Limerick city and county.

“It’s shocking to me how few people know what happened.... You need to think, when you get involved in wars, how you’re going to get out of them.”

– Rory Kennedy, 45, the daughter of Robert Kennedy, discussing her documentary “Last Days in Vietnam.” – The New York Times, August 28, 2014.


Ian Paisley Tributes

“It’s been clear for quite some time now that most of those who are leaving are not, in a simple sense, economic refugees…. [The] majority of emigrants are actually in employment… [but] having some sort of a job is one thing. Having a sense that you have a career and a future is something else.”

– Nigel Farage, UKIP leader. Via Twitter.

“I am shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Dr Ian Paisley. There will be plenty of time for political analysis but at this point I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ian’s wife Eileen and to the Paisley family at this very sad time.” – Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin.

Rory Kennedy: Director Rory Kennedy and Kiem Do pose for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift on January 17, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Sister Simone Campbell

“People ask where I get my courage, but it’s not courage, not really. When your heart’s been broken, nothing can stop you. And living beside the poor, I had my heart broken every day. I think that’s the problem with the bishops. They haven’t had their hearts broken. Most of them have had very little pastoral experience – they became bureaucrats very early on. When you are with the poor, really with the poor, you weep with them, you weep for the world. Weeping becomes part of your prayer.” – Sister Simone Campbell who organized Nuns on the Bus to protest the cutbacks to social services proposed by proudly Catholic congressman Paul Ryan. The nuns support for Affordable Care Act and the Vatican’s investigation of the nuns, which ended with a censure, are topics discussed in an essay by Mary Gordon “Francis and the Nuns,” that appeared in Harper’s magazine. OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2014 IRISH AMERICA 35

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