Paisley legacy a huge challenge for unionist leadership – Adams
Speaking today, after he signed a Book of Condolences for the late Ian Paisley at Belfast City Hall, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD said:
"I am here today to acknowledge Ian Paisley's worthy contribution to the peace process and to sympathise with his family.
"Many families who suffered the worst excesses of sectarianism may take issue with this, but Ian Paisley is due recognition for reaching agreement with Irish republicans on a peaceful future for all of our people and for the way he fulfilled his role as First Minister, alongside Martin McGuinness.
"Together they proved that politics can work and that unionists and republicans working together could make political progress and overcome significant political difficulties.
"Ian Paisley's legacy is a huge challenge for all politicians here and in particular for his successors within the leadership of unionism to continue with political progress and peace building.
"At this sad time I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Ian's wife Eileen and to all of the Paisley family."