It seems likely that Ian Paisley will attend Michael McIlveen’s funeral, now expected to take place on Wednesday. Rev David McIlveen and Peter Robinson have moved to quash the rumour that Free Presbyterian doctrinal issues had prevented a response to the family invitation. Rev McIlveen points out this will not be the first time the Rev Paisley has attended a Roman Catholic funeral:
“I have attended the funerals of Roman Catholic prison officers who were murdered and I have done so alongside Dr Paisley,”
While Peter Robinson points out:
“I am sure that Ian and the party would want to associate themselves in whatever way they can.”
It has also been revealed Michael was considering joining the British Army to help him fulfil an ambition to join the American Army and that the family had previously been the victims of Republican intimidation.