Ian Paisley Heckles Pope John Paul II 1988

On 11 October 1988 Ian Paisley interupts Pope John Paul II at the European Parliament.

The DUP leader Ian Paisley was ejected from the Strasbourg Parliament after interrupting Pope John Paul II address to members. He was warned twice by the president of the Parliament Lord Plum that if he didn't stop he would be excluded. Paisley unfolded a poster declaring the Pope to be the anti-Christ. Mr. Paisley was dumped outside the chamber by security men. Inside the chamber the Pope continued to read from his prepared script, making no reference to the disruption and defending the role of Christianity in public life.

Colm Murray introduces this RTÉ News report by Michael Ronayne.

The accompanying image shows Pope John Paul II at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1979.

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