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Private funeral of Ian Paisley to take place later today

A public memorial is expected to be scheduled later this year.

THE FUNERAL OF Ian Paisley will take place later today.

The former DUP leader and first minister of Northern Ireland passed away on Friday, aged 88.

His funeral service, to be held in Belfast, will be “private and attended only be the immediate family, as will his burial”, according to a statement released by his wife Eileen.

There will be public memorial service scheduled for later in the year.

The statement said that the family “appreciate that there will be an expectation by those who admired him to express their gratitude for his life and their sorrow at his passing”.

He will be buried in Co Down.

BBC News reports that tributes will be paid by in the Northern Ireland Assembly at noon.

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