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Paisley's praise for nationalist
Alex Salmond
Mr Salmond is to visit Northern Ireland
First Minister Ian Paisley has praised the achievements of his nationalist equivalent in Scotland, Alex Salmond.

The DUP leader commented: "People used to run him down like they ran me down.

"He is a clever man and to do what he did in turning around politics in Scotland is really a miracle."

Mr Paisley also revealed that the SNP leader, who on Wednesday became the first nationalist first minister of Scotland, is to visit Northern Ireland.

"I was talking to him last night on the phone and he's going to come over to Northern Ireland and have a chat with us about things.

"There are things Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have in common that if we go to the British Government in harness, we will get more out of them."

The 81-year-old also noted Mr Salmond wants "the Queen to remain as Queen of Scotland".

"That shows the difference between their type of nationalism in Scotland and our type of nationalism in Ireland," he said.


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