Ian Paisley retires from ministry

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Ian Paisley has retired from ministry in the fundamentalist Protestant church he founded 60 years ago.

The 85-year-old has stepped down from his role as a minister in the Free Presbyterian Church.

Paisley told the Martyrs Memorial Church he helped build in East Belfast of his decision on Sunday. He intends to devote his time to writing his autobiography.

The former first minister of Northern Ireland founded his breakaway church in 1951 after a split with the main Presbyterian church over its embrace of ecumenism and greater links with the Roman Catholic church....

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