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Paisley: From a firebrand unionist to sharing with SF

Published 02/03/2010

Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson are taken away by police in Armagh after protesting a vist by Charles Haughey in 1980
Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson are taken away by police in Armagh after protesting a vist by Charles Haughey in 1980
Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speak to the media during a press conference at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast
Ian Paisley after meeting with the General John De Chastelain in 2004
Martin McGuiness, left, Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Ian Paisley, Northern Ireland's First Minister, center, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, react as they listen during a meeting at City Hall in New York, Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. Paisley and McGuinness are on their first US trip together to drum up business for Northern Ireland's economy.
Duncan L. Niederauer, center, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, presents a gift to the two leaders of Northern Ireland's newly devolved government, First Minister Dr. Ian Paisley, right, and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness, left, at a breakfast held by the American Ireland Fund, at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Dec., 3, 2007. The two leaders made a joint presentation to a business audience of the case for United States investment in Northern Ireland.
Confrontation at Lisburn market: UKUP leader Bob McCartney making a point and alongside DUP leader Ian Paisley and councillor Paul Given
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness were branded the 'chuckle brothers'
Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley, right, and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in New York after they rang the opening bell, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2007
Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen
Ian Paisley aged 12
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness, right chat as they leave after a meeting at City Hall in New York, Monday Dec. 3, 2007
Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds with DUP Candidates for Belfast Council Elections. 24/4/89
Ian Paisley DUP electioneering for Europe in Portadown. 11/6/84
The Rev Ian Paisley plays the flute at the independents Orange parade in Portglenone.2008
November 1985 - Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the Anti Anglo Irish rally in Belfast
Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson being arrested in Armagh.1980
Ian Paisley addresses a 12,000 strong crowd at the 40th anniversary of the Free Presbyterian church in the Kings Hall. 1999
A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall. 9/10/1968.
The Reverend Ian Paisley speaking at a ceremony held at Stormont to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edward Carson. October 1985
15/08/1971 of The Reverend Ian Paisley during a press conference in Stormont, Northern Ireland.
Ian Paisley at a protest rally at Carrickfergus Castle in 1971
Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley holding his first great grandchild Caleb Cassells
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont. May 8, 2007.
Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988
Ian Paisley at the scene of the IRA motar attack on Newry Police Station. which killed 9 officers. 28/2/1985.
Ian Paisley
Former DUP leader Ian Paisley wearing the traditional red beret of paramilitary group the Ulster Resistance in Ulster Hall
Ian Paisley leaves Crumlin Road jail in the 60s
Unionist protests at visit to Belfast of Charles Haughey, former Taoiseach. Pictured Rev Ian Paisley. 11/4/1990.
The Queen greeted by First Minister Ian Paisley in east Belfast
Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley will not seek re-election
Hundreds of thousands of Unionists crowded Belfast City Centre in a huge "Ulster Says No" rally against power sharing after a call by the Rev Ian Paisley and other Unionist leaders of the time. Picture by Photopress
Ian Paisley demonstrates at Stormont in 1981
Ian Paisley at DUP HQ in 1985. The party leader held a sledge hammer to depict his 'smash Sinn Fein' message

1969: Rev Ian Paisley was jailed for organising an illegal counter-demonstration against Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh.

1970: In the UK general election he was elected MP for the North Antrim constituency which he has retained since then and is now the longest-serving MP from Northern Ireland.

1971: Rev Paisley and Desmond Boal established the most successful of his political movements, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which replaced his Protestant Unionist Party.

January 22, 1974: Rev Paisley and several loyalist colleagues were removed from the chamber at Stormont after they refused to give up the front bench seats to the new Executive members and had mounted a noisy protest.

February 1974: he increased his North Antrim majority in the general election from under 3,000 in 1970 to some 27,000.

1979: Rev Paisley was elected one of Northern Ireland's three MEPs at the first elections to the European Parliament. He topped the poll.

July 1979: Rev Paisley attacked any notion that Pope John Paul II should enter Northern Ireland during the upcoming Papal visit.

1981: Rev Paisley was suspended from the Commons for five days for calling Secretary of State Humphrey Atkins a liar during a discussion about the murder of former Stormont speaker Sir Norman Stronge and his son.

1981: The roaring denunciation of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement — in which Rev Paisley booms “Never, never, never, never...” — has become one of the most famous speeches of his political career.

October 1988: Rev Paisley was ejected from the European Parliament when he interrupted an address by Pope John Paul II.

1989: European election, Rev Paisley maintained his poll topping position.

April 1998: Rev Paisley denounced the Good Friday Agreement as treacherous.

1999: he caused outrage by using parliamentary privilege to name people he alleged were behind the Kingsmill massacre.

2004: At the age of 78, Rev Paisley retired from his European Parliament seat at the elections and was succeeded by the DUP’s Jim Allister.

2005: At the general election he won 25,156 votes, giving him a majority of nearly 18,000. In the same year he was made a Privy Councillor.

May 8, 2007: aged 81, Rev Paisley was sworn in as First Minister alongside Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister.

March 4, 2008: Rev Ian Paisley announced he planned to stand down as First Minister and leader of the DUP in May.

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