Former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley is in intensive care in hospital after suffering respiratory problems.
The family of the 85-year-old founder of the Democratic Unionist party, now officially known as Lord Bannside, confirmed that he was being treated in Ulster hospital on the outskirts of east Belfast.
In a statement issued on Monday afternoon his wife, Lady Paisley, requested that "the family's privacy be respected at this time".
The veteran unionist politician and fundamentalist Protestant preacher took ill at the family home in east Belfast on Sunday. DUP members of the Northern Ireland assembly were briefed on their ex-leader's medical condition in the Stormont parliament. ...