A man has been arrested under the suspicion of photographing Ian Paisley, former Northern Ireland First Minister, while Paisley was recovering at Ulster Hospital outside of Belfast from a “serious heart condition.”
The Independent reports that a 41-year-old man, whose name has not been released but is reportedly a staffer at Ulster Hospital, photographed Paisley while he was recovering in his bed at the hospital. The man has since been released on bail while awaiting further inquiries.
Police said that the man was “arrested as part of an investigation into an allegation of misconduct in a public office.”
Ian Paisley was in the hospital’s care, and at times in intensive care, since the beginning of the month when he showed signs of suffering from heart failure. His admittance to the hospital came just ten days after his final sermon as a church minister.
Paisley has been known as Lord Bannside since he was made a peer in 2010.
Paisley’s son praised the care that his father has been receiving in Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. “The doctors, the nurses, the domestics, all of the people at that hospital have been quite frankly fabulous,” said Paisley to the BBC. He added that his father is doing “very well.”