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Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont.

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont.

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Enthronement of Archbishop John Armstrong at Armagh. Ian Paisley arrested outside Cathedral for trying to break through a police cordon. Paisley, Peter Robinson and Jonhy McQuade as well as DUP supporters were arrested. They were held in custody for just one hour. Paisley etc. were there to protest at the presence of Premier Charles Haughey from the south who they claimed was willingly harbouring wanted terrorists.  Pacemaker Press Intl.  7th May 1980.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.316/80/BW

Enthronement of Archbishop John Armstrong at Armagh. Ian Paisley arrested outside Cathedral for trying to break through a police cordon. Paisley, Peter Robinson and Jonhy McQuade as well as DUP supporters were arrested. They were held in custody for just one hour. Paisley etc. were there to protest at the presence of Premier Charles Haughey from the south who they claimed was willingly harbouring wanted terrorists. Pacemaker Press Intl. 7th May 1980.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.316/80/BW

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST.  Funeral of Kenneth Campbell who was shot dead  at the Finaghy Health Centre with Robert Bradford MP. Ian Paisley is pictured crying. 17/11/81.1120/81/bw

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Funeral of Kenneth Campbell who was shot dead at the Finaghy Health Centre with Robert Bradford MP. Ian Paisley is pictured crying. 17/11/81.1120/81/bw

Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen on wedding their day.

Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen on wedding their day.

Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds with DUP Candidates for Belfast Council Elections. 24/4/89

Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds with DUP Candidates for Belfast Council Elections. 24/4/89

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. The early years of the life of the Rev Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. The early years of the life of the Rev Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw

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

PACEMAKER BELFAST. Copy pics from the book about the early years of the life of Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

PACEMAKER BELFAST. Copy pics from the book about the early years of the life of Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

Belfast Telegraph

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveRev Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the Kings Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church.24-3-199114/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveRev Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the Kings Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church.24-3-199114/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.DUP leader Reverend Ian Paisley features on a DUP campaign to 'Smash Sinn Fein and Reject Republicanism'.

REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.DUP leader Reverend Ian Paisley features on a DUP campaign to 'Smash Sinn Fein and Reject Republicanism'.

Belfast Telegraph

The funeral of procession of former DUP leader Ian Paisley. Pic Pacemaker

The funeral of procession of former DUP leader Ian Paisley. Pic Pacemaker

The Reverend Ian Paisley, a militant Protestant leader, singing during a demonstration outside Canterbury Cathedral against the first Roman Catholic Mass to be held there for 400 years. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The Reverend Ian Paisley, a militant Protestant leader, singing during a demonstration outside Canterbury Cathedral against the first Roman Catholic Mass to be held there for 400 years. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of a portrait of Rev Ian Paisley in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. General view of a portrait of Rev Ian Paisley in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Northern Ireland- 15th September 2014 Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com

Book of condolence opened at Belfast City Hall following the death of former First Minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley who died on Friday aged 88-years-old.  Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams sings the book.

Northern Ireland- 15th September 2014 Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com Book of condolence opened at Belfast City Hall following the death of former First Minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley who died on Friday aged 88-years-old. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams sings the book.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Deputy Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 Rev Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen      Date unknown

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 Rev Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen Date unknown

Rev Ian Paisley After Formation of Defence Corp. Paisley with copy of morning's Newsletter which announces that he had unveiled a new Defence Corp following a late night gathering of loyalists.  Pacemaker Press Intl.  6th Feb. 1981.120/81/BW

Rev Ian Paisley After Formation of Defence Corp. Paisley with copy of morning's Newsletter which announces that he had unveiled a new Defence Corp following a late night gathering of loyalists. Pacemaker Press Intl. 6th Feb. 1981.120/81/BW

PACEMAKER ARCHIVE 1978              REF  174/78Rev Ian paisley protesting in Carrick at the fact that the BBC were filming Its a Knockout on a Sunday23/4/78

PACEMAKER ARCHIVE 1978 REF 174/78Rev Ian paisley protesting in Carrick at the fact that the BBC were filming Its a Knockout on a Sunday23/4/78

PACEMAKER BELFAST.  Ian Paisley  and Jim Molyneaux sign away their seats in Westminster during Loyalist Rally. 23/11/85.1224/85/bw

PACEMAKER BELFAST. Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux sign away their seats in Westminster during Loyalist Rally. 23/11/85.1224/85/bw

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. End of the Carson Trial Phase 11. Stormont Rally. Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson. 28/3/81.270/81/c

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. End of the Carson Trial Phase 11. Stormont Rally. Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson. 28/3/81.270/81/c

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC

Pacamaker Archive BelfastRev Ian Paisley Wedding Day28-02-1991168-91-BW

Pacamaker Archive BelfastRev Ian Paisley Wedding Day28-02-1991168-91-BW

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

PACEMAKER BELFAST. THe third Force in Newtownards on Loyalist Day of Action. Third force men marched into Newtownards led by Ian Paisley. 23/11/81.1082/81/bw

PACEMAKER BELFAST. THe third Force in Newtownards on Loyalist Day of Action. Third force men marched into Newtownards led by Ian Paisley. 23/11/81.1082/81/bw

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister Peter Robinson  signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. First Minister Peter Robinson signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

PACEMAKER BELFAST. The third Force in Newtownards on Loyalist Day of Action. Third force men marched into Newtownards led by Ian Paisley. 23/11/81.1082/81/bw

PACEMAKER BELFAST. The third Force in Newtownards on Loyalist Day of Action. Third force men marched into Newtownards led by Ian Paisley. 23/11/81.1082/81/bw

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Ian Paisley and DUP sign Ulsters Declaration. 9/2/81.123/81/c

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Ian Paisley and DUP sign Ulsters Declaration. 9/2/81.123/81/c

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

SDLP leader Dr. Alasdair McDonnell signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. SDLP leader Dr. Alasdair McDonnell signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with wife Eileen.

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with wife Eileen.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Jim Allister signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. 

The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th September 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Jim Allister signs a book of condolence at in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, in memory of former DUP leader and First Minister Rev Ian Paisley. The funeral of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, will take place this week.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

PACEMAKER BELFAST        JUNE 1987    JHIAN PAISLEY CANVASSING IN BALLYMONEY FOR FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTION.2/3/2010 Rev Ian Paisley has today announced that he will not stand at the next generay election after 40 years as an MP. His son Ian junior is expected to fight for the seat against the TUV leader Jim Allister..

PACEMAKER BELFAST JUNE 1987 JHIAN PAISLEY CANVASSING IN BALLYMONEY FOR FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTION.2/3/2010 Rev Ian Paisley has today announced that he will not stand at the next generay election after 40 years as an MP. His son Ian junior is expected to fight for the seat against the TUV leader Jim Allister..

Rev Ian Paisley and his Afgan Dog Jason pictured out for a walk along Cyprus Ave. Belfast prior to the assembly elections.  Pacemaker Press Intl.  19/10/821047/82/BW

Rev Ian Paisley and his Afgan Dog Jason pictured out for a walk along Cyprus Ave. Belfast prior to the assembly elections. Pacemaker Press Intl. 19/10/821047/82/BW

IAN PAISLEY:DEMOCRAIIC UNIONIST PARTY (DUP) LEADER, WITH PARTY SENIORS, NIGEL DODDS, IRIS AND PETER ROBINSON.

IAN PAISLEY:DEMOCRAIIC UNIONIST PARTY (DUP) LEADER, WITH PARTY SENIORS, NIGEL DODDS, IRIS AND PETER ROBINSON.

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Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), SPEAKS AT A PROTEST RALLY AT CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE. 10/9/1971.

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), SPEAKS AT A PROTEST RALLY AT CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE. 10/9/1971.

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MERLYN REES.Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Labour MP, Baron Merlyn-Rees. Pictured with DUP leader Ian Paisley.

MERLYN REES.Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Labour MP, Baron Merlyn-Rees. Pictured with DUP leader Ian Paisley.

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Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),during his victory rally through Larne. 9/7/1970

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),during his victory rally through Larne. 9/7/1970

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Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),with fellow DUP MP's John McQuade ans Peter Robinson, wave to the crowd at Stormont gates. 23/11/1981

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),with fellow DUP MP's John McQuade ans Peter Robinson, wave to the crowd at Stormont gates. 23/11/1981

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Rev Ian Paisley: DUP Leader. June 1966.The Reverend Ian Paisley and his supporters, who held a protest march to the Assembly Hall, Belfast..

Rev Ian Paisley: DUP Leader. June 1966.The Reverend Ian Paisley and his supporters, who held a protest march to the Assembly Hall, Belfast..

Belfast Telegraph

Rev Ian Paisley, Party Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party grabs Ulster television interviewer Ivan Little during a TV interview at the North Antrim count at Ballymoney in the Northern Ireland election, November 27 2003. The Ulster Unionist and Democratic Unionist are running neck-and-neck in a tight Northern Ireland Assembly Election contest, an Exit poll has claimed today. See PA story ULSTER Elections. PA Photo: Michael Cooper.

Rev Ian Paisley, Party Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party grabs Ulster television interviewer Ivan Little during a TV interview at the North Antrim count at Ballymoney in the Northern Ireland election, November 27 2003. The Ulster Unionist and Democratic Unionist are running neck-and-neck in a tight Northern Ireland Assembly Election contest, an Exit poll has claimed today. See PA story ULSTER Elections. PA Photo: Michael Cooper.

Michael Cooper

DUP Protesters outside Belfast City Hall on arrival of Dublin Councillors to Belfast.  Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Rev William McCrea with supporters. Also DUP protesters try to prevent Lord Mayor John Carson reaching Central Station to meet Dubliners.  Pacemaker Press Intl.  3rd March 1981193/81/BW

DUP Protesters outside Belfast City Hall on arrival of Dublin Councillors to Belfast. Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Rev William McCrea with supporters. Also DUP protesters try to prevent Lord Mayor John Carson reaching Central Station to meet Dubliners. Pacemaker Press Intl. 3rd March 1981193/81/BW

REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.Ian Paisley, out looking for votes for the European Elections, stops to look at this little Shetland Pony at the Ballyclare May Fair. 22/5/1984.

REVEREND IAN PAISLEY MP.Ian Paisley, out looking for votes for the European Elections, stops to look at this little Shetland Pony at the Ballyclare May Fair. 22/5/1984.

Belfast Telegraph

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Rev Ian Paisley announcing European Manefests at Party Headquarters. He is pictured with Peter Robinson. 23/5/79105/79/bw

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Rev Ian Paisley announcing European Manefests at Party Headquarters. He is pictured with Peter Robinson. 23/5/79105/79/bw

Ian Pailsey aged 8

Ian Pailsey aged 8

Pictured in Crossgar on 17th March 1951 at the opening of the first Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster are L to R: Jack Gibson, George Hutton, Cecil Harvey, Rev Dr Ian Paisley, William Emerson, Rev George Stears (Minister Pro tem), James Morrison, George K Gibson, William Miscampbell and Hugh James Adams.

Pictured in Crossgar on 17th March 1951 at the opening of the first Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster are L to R: Jack Gibson, George Hutton, Cecil Harvey, Rev Dr Ian Paisley, William Emerson, Rev George Stears (Minister Pro tem), James Morrison, George K Gibson, William Miscampbell and Hugh James Adams.

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC

Pacemaker Belfast ArchiveIan Paisley in the Pacemaker Studio.June 1991514-91-BWC

Ian Paisley at an Ulster Says No rally in Ballymoney 1986

Ian Paisley at an Ulster Says No rally in Ballymoney 1986

CIVIL RIGHTS PROTEST: PEOPLE'S DEMOCRACY. First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall.  9/10/1968.

CIVIL RIGHTS PROTEST: PEOPLE'S DEMOCRACY. First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall. 9/10/1968.

Belfast Telegraph

DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY (DUP)/DELEGATION AFTER MEETING WITH CHIEF CONSTABLE, FROM LEFT, REV. WILLIAM McCREA, REV. IVAN FOSTER, JIM McALLISTER, REV. IAN PAISLEY AND PETER ROBINSON. 1/2/1984

DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY (DUP)/DELEGATION AFTER MEETING WITH CHIEF CONSTABLE, FROM LEFT, REV. WILLIAM McCREA, REV. IVAN FOSTER, JIM McALLISTER, REV. IAN PAISLEY AND PETER ROBINSON. 1/2/1984

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 Ian Paisley pictured with wife Eileen and family in 1989

Ian Paisley pictured with wife Eileen and family in 1989

Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88

Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88

Government of Northern Ireland.  United Ulster Unionist Coalition.  (March 1974)  Ulster loyalist MPs met at Stormont to agree their policy.  From left are Mr. Carson, Mr. Kilfedder, Mr. Dunlop, the Rev. Ian Paisley, Mr. west, the Rev. Robert Bradford, Mr. Craig, Mr. Ross, Mr. Molyneaux, Mr. McCusker.  Capt. Orr was in London.

Government of Northern Ireland. United Ulster Unionist Coalition. (March 1974) Ulster loyalist MPs met at Stormont to agree their policy. From left are Mr. Carson, Mr. Kilfedder, Mr. Dunlop, the Rev. Ian Paisley, Mr. west, the Rev. Robert Bradford, Mr. Craig, Mr. Ross, Mr. Molyneaux, Mr. McCusker. Capt. Orr was in London.

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),ENJOYS A JOKE WITH MAJOR RONALD BUNTING DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE AT ELECTION HEADQUARTERS IN BELFAST. ON THE LEFT IS COUNCILLOR WILLIAM SPENCE. 27/2/1969

Ian Paisley:Democratic Unionist Party (DUP),ENJOYS A JOKE WITH MAJOR RONALD BUNTING DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE AT ELECTION HEADQUARTERS IN BELFAST. ON THE LEFT IS COUNCILLOR WILLIAM SPENCE. 27/2/1969

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Rev Ian Paisley ... family holds vigil for ailing patriarch

Rev Ian Paisley ... family holds vigil for ailing patriarch

Charles McQuillan

Former First Minister Mr Paisley continues to be treated in intensive care for suspected heart failure

Former First Minister Mr Paisley continues to be treated in intensive care for suspected heart failure

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  The Rev. Ian Paisley waves to the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley waves to the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with his wife Baroness Paisley and their children and grandchildren before  the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with his wife Baroness Paisley and their children and grandchildren before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  The Rev. Ian Paisley has his waistcoat buttoned up by his wife Baroness Paisley before  the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley has his waistcoat buttoned up by his wife Baroness Paisley before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  The Rev. Ian Paisley hangs up his hat and coat as he arrives for the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley hangs up his hat and coat as he arrives for the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

PACEMAKER BELFAST     Ian Paisley, David Trimble at the bottom of the Garvaghy road after the 1995 parade was allowed to pass down the road.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.

PACEMAKER BELFAST Ian Paisley, David Trimble at the bottom of the Garvaghy road after the 1995 parade was allowed to pass down the road.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 10/12/2004: A delighted Reverend Ian Paisley during the ceremony where he was created a Freeman of the Borough of Ballymena in the town tonight.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 10/12/2004: A delighted Reverend Ian Paisley during the ceremony where he was created a Freeman of the Borough of Ballymena in the town tonight.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Ian Paisley takes his seat in the House of Lords...Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister, took his seat in the House of Lords today as Lord Bannside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 05, 2010. Lord Bannside was one of 56 new peers announced on one day by Downing Street and today he was introduced to the upper chamber along with two Labour peers, Jeannie Drake and Maeve Sherlock. See PA story LORDS Paisley. Photo credit should read: PA Wire...A

Ian Paisley takes his seat in the House of Lords...Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister, took his seat in the House of Lords today as Lord Bannside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 05, 2010. Lord Bannside was one of 56 new peers announced on one day by Downing Street and today he was introduced to the upper chamber along with two Labour peers, Jeannie Drake and Maeve Sherlock. See PA story LORDS Paisley. Photo credit should read: PA Wire...A

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First Minister Dr Ian Paisley and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness after they rang the opening bell ay Nasdaq,Times Square ,New York

First Minister Dr Ian Paisley and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness after they rang the opening bell ay Nasdaq,Times Square ,New York

John Harrison.

PACEMAKER BELFAST      4/5/2007Rev Ian Paisley pictured at his Home in East Belfast.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 4/5/2007Rev Ian Paisley pictured at his Home in East Belfast.

PACEMAKER BELFAST        JUNE 1987    JHIAN PAISLEY CANVASSING IN BALLYMONEY FOR FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTION.604/87/BW/C

PACEMAKER BELFAST JUNE 1987 JHIAN PAISLEY CANVASSING IN BALLYMONEY FOR FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTION.604/87/BW/C

Ian Paisley chats to his congregation after delivering his final sermon yesterday from the pulpit of Martyrsí Memorial on the Ravenhill Road for the last time

Ian Paisley chats to his congregation after delivering his final sermon yesterday from the pulpit of Martyrsí Memorial on the Ravenhill Road for the last time

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PAISLEY GREAT GRANDFATHERDr Ian Paisley MP Former Northern Ireland First Minister pictured with his first Great Grandchild Caleb Cassells (3 months). Caleb is the son of Ian Paisley's first Grandchild Lydia who is married to Stephen Cassells. He and his wife Baroness Paisley have 5 children and 10 Grandchildren.Photo John Harrison

PAISLEY GREAT GRANDFATHERDr Ian Paisley MP Former Northern Ireland First Minister pictured with his first Great Grandchild Caleb Cassells (3 months). Caleb is the son of Ian Paisley's first Grandchild Lydia who is married to Stephen Cassells. He and his wife Baroness Paisley have 5 children and 10 Grandchildren.Photo John Harrison

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STANDALONEHandout photo of First Minister for Northern Ireland Ian Paisley with his daughter Rhonda at the opening of her new art exhibition at the Emer Gallery, Antrim Road, Belfast.: Sunday May 4 2008.

STANDALONEHandout photo of First Minister for Northern Ireland Ian Paisley with his daughter Rhonda at the opening of her new art exhibition at the Emer Gallery, Antrim Road, Belfast.: Sunday May 4 2008.

John Harrison

DUP leader Ian Paisley pictured with his wife Eileen on his return from a short stay in hospital. He is now enjoying his summer break before returning to Political work in the Autumn.

DUP leader Ian Paisley pictured with his wife Eileen on his return from a short stay in hospital. He is now enjoying his summer break before returning to Political work in the Autumn.

John Harrison.

20/5/2011 Pacemaker Belfast. Former First Minister Ian Paisley salutes members of the Royal Irish Rangers this evening as they were welcomed home by thousands in Ballymena town centre after their tour of Afghanistan. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

20/5/2011 Pacemaker Belfast. Former First Minister Ian Paisley salutes members of the Royal Irish Rangers this evening as they were welcomed home by thousands in Ballymena town centre after their tour of Afghanistan. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 7th February 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Former First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the DUP Ian Paisley is admitted to hospital.  85-year-old Lord Bannside was admitted to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald after taking ill on Sunday.  Ian Paisley Jnr pictured leaving the Ulster Hospital in east Belfast.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 7th February 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Former First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the DUP Ian Paisley is admitted to hospital. 85-year-old Lord Bannside was admitted to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald after taking ill on Sunday. Ian Paisley Jnr pictured leaving the Ulster Hospital in east Belfast.

Ian Paisley and his wife Baroness Eileen Paisley chatting to Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show.KOBPIX NO FEE

Ian Paisley and his wife Baroness Eileen Paisley chatting to Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show.KOBPIX NO FEE

Handout photo of Senator Hilary Clinton with First Minister Northern Ireland Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Willard Hotel ,Washington DC. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 7, 2007. Photo credit should read: John Harrison/PA Wire

Handout photo of Senator Hilary Clinton with First Minister Northern Ireland Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Willard Hotel ,Washington DC. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 7, 2007. Photo credit should read: John Harrison/PA Wire

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Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-02-2012: Ian Paisley Jr pictured leaving Dundonald hospital.The former first minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley has spent the night at his hospital bedside.Lord Bannside, who is 85, was taken ill on Sunday. He is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.Picture By: Pacemaker.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-02-2012: Ian Paisley Jr pictured leaving Dundonald hospital.The former first minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley has spent the night at his hospital bedside.Lord Bannside, who is 85, was taken ill on Sunday. He is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.Picture By: Pacemaker.

eader of the DUP , Rev Dr Ian Paisley as he goes  on the campaign trail through the streets of Belfast City. Picture Mark Pearce/Pacemaker 2/3/2010

eader of the DUP , Rev Dr Ian Paisley as he goes on the campaign trail through the streets of Belfast City. Picture Mark Pearce/Pacemaker 2/3/2010

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Lord and Lady Paisley celebrate at their east Belfast home

Lord and Lady Paisley celebrate at their east Belfast home

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with his wife Baroness Paisley and their children and grandchildren before  the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with his wife Baroness Paisley and their children and grandchildren before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  A reserved seat indeed for the Rev. Ian Paisley among the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. A reserved seat indeed for the Rev. Ian Paisley among the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  The Rev. Ian Paisley waves to the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley waves to the almost three thousand strong congregation at the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

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Ian Paisley D1.jpg

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 IAN PAISLEY AS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY

PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 IAN PAISLEY AS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY

A young Ian Paisley aged just eight years old.

A young Ian Paisley aged just eight years old.

Ian Paisley

Outgoing Free Presbyterian Moderator Rev Ian Paisley and the Rev Ron Johnston incoming Moderator.

Outgoing Free Presbyterian Moderator Rev Ian Paisley and the Rev Ron Johnston incoming Moderator.

Paul McCambridge

Ian Paisley (right), the former Northern Ireland first minister, with his son Ian Paisley Jnr (left) after his father took his seat in the House of Lords today as Lord Bannside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 05, 2010. Lord Bannside was one of 56 new peers announced on one day by Downing Street and today he was introduced to the upper chamber along with two Labour peers, Jeannie Drake and Maeve Sherlock. See PA story LORDS Paisley. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ian Paisley (right), the former Northern Ireland first minister, with his son Ian Paisley Jnr (left) after his father took his seat in the House of Lords today as Lord Bannside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 05, 2010. Lord Bannside was one of 56 new peers announced on one day by Downing Street and today he was introduced to the upper chamber along with two Labour peers, Jeannie Drake and Maeve Sherlock. See PA story LORDS Paisley. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Stefan Rousseau

(from video) of UUP leader David Trimble and DUP leader Ian Paisley walk hand in hand in the centre of Portadown celebrating the fact that Orangemen were allowed to walk the Nationalist Garvaghy Road.

(from video) of UUP leader David Trimble and DUP leader Ian Paisley walk hand in hand in the centre of Portadown celebrating the fact that Orangemen were allowed to walk the Nationalist Garvaghy Road.

KELVIN BOYES PHOTOGRAPHY/Alec Richardson

PACEMAKER BELFAST. Ulsters Day of action-Belfast City Hall. Huge Crowds took the advide of Ian Paisley and other Unionists to take the afternoon off work and show their feelings to the Government that they were against any Dublin relationships developing, fearing that any concessions would only lead to a United Ireland. 23/11/81.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.

PACEMAKER BELFAST. Ulsters Day of action-Belfast City Hall. Huge Crowds took the advide of Ian Paisley and other Unionists to take the afternoon off work and show their feelings to the Government that they were against any Dublin relationships developing, fearing that any concessions would only lead to a United Ireland. 23/11/81.4/3/08 The DUP leader has announced that he will step down as First Minister and and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in May.

Democratic Unionist Party leader The Reverend Ian Paisley (left) and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speak to the media during a press conference at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2007. Rev Paisley and Mr Adams are to hold their first-ever face-to-face talks in a last-ditch bid to rescue devolution in Northern Ireland.

Democratic Unionist Party leader The Reverend Ian Paisley (left) and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speak to the media during a press conference at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2007. Rev Paisley and Mr Adams are to hold their first-ever face-to-face talks in a last-ditch bid to rescue devolution in Northern Ireland.

Paul Faith

THIS could be the biggest political development of 2004 as Gerry Adams, complete with pint of Guinness, comes face-to-face with Ian Paisley. Or could it be a new united unionist front with Dr Paisley finally making peace with David Trimble in a show of solidarity that also includes Bob McCartney, Peter Robinson and David Ervine? Not in the real world of course - but definitely inside the head of impressionist Sean Crummy who is set to bring his hilarious Folks on the Hill radio show to television.

THIS could be the biggest political development of 2004 as Gerry Adams, complete with pint of Guinness, comes face-to-face with Ian Paisley. Or could it be a new united unionist front with Dr Paisley finally making peace with David Trimble in a show of solidarity that also includes Bob McCartney, Peter Robinson and David Ervine? Not in the real world of course - but definitely inside the head of impressionist Sean Crummy who is set to bring his hilarious Folks on the Hill radio show to television.

Belfast Telegraph. Page One. Final  2/3/2010Ian Paisley

Belfast Telegraph. Page One. Final 2/3/2010Ian Paisley

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Belfast Telegraph. Page One. 30/11/1968.  "8,000 Marchers halted near Paisley crowd"

Belfast Telegraph. Page One. 30/11/1968. "8,000 Marchers halted near Paisley crowd"

Pacemaker Belfast. 12/7/08. The Rev Ian Paisley with the white horse of 'King Billy' in the field at the independents Orange parade in Portglenone this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Belfast. 12/7/08. The Rev Ian Paisley with the white horse of 'King Billy' in the field at the independents Orange parade in Portglenone this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Charles McQuillan

Ian Paisley leader of the Democratic Unionist Party,with wife Eileen, relaxes at home with a cup of tea, after his anti agreement party, out polled ,David Trimbles Ulster Unionist Party,Friday 28th November 2003,in the Nortern Ireland Assembley electionsl.PA:Paul Faith

Ian Paisley leader of the Democratic Unionist Party,with wife Eileen, relaxes at home with a cup of tea, after his anti agreement party, out polled ,David Trimbles Ulster Unionist Party,Friday 28th November 2003,in the Nortern Ireland Assembley electionsl.PA:Paul Faith

Paul Faith

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.  The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with fellow clergy before  the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

27/1/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST. The Rev. Ian Paisley poses with fellow clergy before the Special Farewell Service in his honour after 65 years of Ministry at the Martyrs Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Picture CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. End of the Carson Trial Phase 11. Ian Paisley at Stormont Rally. 283/81.270/81/c

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. End of the Carson Trial Phase 11. Ian Paisley at Stormont Rally. 283/81.270/81/c

PACEMAKER BELFAST ARCHIVE 9124 MARCH 1991REV IAN PAISLEY PREACHING TO 12000 STRONG CONGREGATION ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

PACEMAKER BELFAST ARCHIVE 9124 MARCH 1991REV IAN PAISLEY PREACHING TO 12000 STRONG CONGREGATION ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

Ian Paisley:DUP Leader. Wearing that beret.

Ian Paisley:DUP Leader. Wearing that beret.

30/4/2010. PACEMAKER BELFAST. WHILST THE ELECTION RACE RAGES ON THE FORMER MP AND FIRST MINISTER IAN PAISLEY STOOD AT CITY HALL BELFAST THIS AFTERNOON IN, A FAMILIAR SPOT WHERE HE HAS STOOD MANY TIMES BEFORE  WITH A BIBLE IN HIS HAND AS HE PREACHED AND SANG WITH HIS GOSPEL GROUP. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.

30/4/2010. PACEMAKER BELFAST. WHILST THE ELECTION RACE RAGES ON THE FORMER MP AND FIRST MINISTER IAN PAISLEY STOOD AT CITY HALL BELFAST THIS AFTERNOON IN, A FAMILIAR SPOT WHERE HE HAS STOOD MANY TIMES BEFORE WITH A BIBLE IN HIS HAND AS HE PREACHED AND SANG WITH HIS GOSPEL GROUP. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.

30/4/2010. PACEMAKER BELFAST. WHILST THE ELECTION RACE RAGES ON THE FORMER MP AND FIRST MINISTER IAN PAISLEY STOOD AT CITY HALL BELFAST THIS AFTERNOON IN, A FAMILIAR SPOT WHERE HE HAS STOOD MANY TIMES BEFORE BUT TODAY WITH A BIBLE IN HIS HAND AS HE PREACHED AND SANG WITH HIS GOSPEL GROUP. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

30/4/2010. PACEMAKER BELFAST. WHILST THE ELECTION RACE RAGES ON THE FORMER MP AND FIRST MINISTER IAN PAISLEY STOOD AT CITY HALL BELFAST THIS AFTERNOON IN, A FAMILIAR SPOT WHERE HE HAS STOOD MANY TIMES BEFORE BUT TODAY WITH A BIBLE IN HIS HAND AS HE PREACHED AND SANG WITH HIS GOSPEL GROUP. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946

PACEMAKER BELFAST November 1985Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the Anti Anglo Irish rally in Belfast in 1985 where he made in infamous Never Never Never speach...

PACEMAKER BELFAST November 1985Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the Anti Anglo Irish rally in Belfast in 1985 where he made in infamous Never Never Never speach...

Old school pics -Ian Paisley

Old school pics -Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley bowed out of Stormont with a rousing speech

Ian Paisley bowed out of Stormont with a rousing speech

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley

Lord Bannside: Ian Paisley

Lord Bannside: Ian Paisley

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Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen

Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley holding his first great grandchild Caleb Cassells

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley holding his first great grandchild Caleb Cassells

Ian Paisley DUP electioneering for Europe in Portadown. 11/6/84

Ian Paisley DUP electioneering for Europe in Portadown. 11/6/84

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness were branded the 'chuckle brothers'

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness were branded the 'chuckle brothers'

15/08/1971 of The Reverend Ian Paisley during a press conference in Stormont, Northern Ireland.

15/08/1971 of The Reverend Ian Paisley during a press conference in Stormont, Northern Ireland.

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November 1985 - Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the Anti Anglo Irish rally in Belfast

November 1985 - Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the Anti Anglo Irish rally in Belfast

The Reverend Ian Paisley speaking at a ceremony held at Stormont to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edward Carson. October 1985

The Reverend Ian Paisley speaking at a ceremony held at Stormont to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Edward Carson. October 1985

Belfast Telegraph

A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall.  9/10/1968.

A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley (centre) near Belfast City Hall. 9/10/1968.

Belfast Telegraph

Ian Paisley addresses a 12,000 strong crowd at the 40th anniversary of the Free Presbyterian church in the Kings Hall. 1999

Ian Paisley addresses a 12,000 strong crowd at the 40th anniversary of the Free Presbyterian church in the Kings Hall. 1999

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Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson being arrested in Armagh.1980

Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson being arrested in Armagh.1980

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95. Newly appointed First Minister Dr Ian Paisley, left, presents a 300 year-old musket to Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the Battle of the Boyne site, Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May, 11, 2007. The pair visited the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne 1690 between the Protestant King William of Orange and the Catholic King James's army.

95. Newly appointed First Minister Dr Ian Paisley, left, presents a 300 year-old musket to Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the Battle of the Boyne site, Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May, 11, 2007. The pair visited the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne 1690 between the Protestant King William of Orange and the Catholic King James's army.

Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley

The Queen greeted by First Minister Ian Paisley in east Belfast

The Queen greeted by First Minister Ian Paisley in east Belfast

First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley near Belfast City Hall. Pictured is Ciaran McKeown(with beard).  9/10/1968.

First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd of students pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley near Belfast City Hall. Pictured is Ciaran McKeown(with beard). 9/10/1968.

First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley at Shaftesbury Square, Belfast.  9/10/1968.

First protest march to Belfast city centre. A crowd pictured at a meeting with Ian Paisley at Shaftesbury Square, Belfast. 9/10/1968.

Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

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Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont.

Ian Paisley has been praised as the politician who finally cemented Northern Ireland's peace process.

But it remains a mystery how the firebrand - who for decades bellowed "No" to any compromise - suddenly said yes to sharing power with his sworn enemies in Sinn Fein.

Politicians and academics are split over how such a divisive political life has ended in unlikely harmony.

Prominent Democratic Unionist Jeffrey Donaldson, who famously ditched the Ulster Unionists to join Mr Paisley's more hardline party, said he noted a change in his leader ahead of the 2007 deal with republicans.

"The moment it struck me that Ian had, in his own mind, made a decision, and he would go for an agreement, was after he left a meeting with the Prime Minister," said the Lagan Valley MP.

He recalled how Mr Paisley told an impromptu press conference that he wanted to be remembered as a peacemaker.

"That really confirmed to me that Ian genuinely wanted to do this for the next generation," said Mr Donaldson.

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But critics have asked what became of Mr Paisley's hatred for what he called "Sinn Fein/IRA"?

"If you look at what Ian was saying, it was very carefully nuanced," he said.

"There was a clear message that if the IRA was de-coupled from Sinn Fein, if the IRA left the stage, he could move forward.

"And it became clear to us that the steps were being taken for the IRA to leave the stage."

Opinion is, however, divided on why the politician known as "Dr No" finally decided to say yes.

Margaret O'Callaghan of the school of politics at Queen's University, Belfast, studied Ian Paisley's explosion on to the Northern Ireland scene in the mid-1960s.

She said his sectarian rhetoric had a "visceral appeal, particularly to backwoods unionism", while he was the great "out-bidder" who portrayed other unionists as traitors.

"He had considerable ambition," she said.

"He is not nibbling at the edges. He is trying to redefine unionism."

In 1974 Mr Paisley helped smash the fledgling Sunningdale agreement that promised power-sharing between unionists and moderate nationalists.

But voters ignored his warnings a generation later, when they backed a referendum on the 1998 Good Friday peace deal.

The result was announced at Belfast's King's Hall where a deflated Mr Paisley was whisked away through a side door, to the jeers of loyalist paramilitaries who had abandoned his doom-laden oratory in favour of the peace process.

Within 10 years, however, that low ebb was a distant memory as the DUP leader was being hailed for securing peace by going into government alongside no less a figure than former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.

Asked to explain the shift, Dr O'Callaghan said: "He may have become concerned about how history would see him. He had a near-death experience (in 2004).

"And also, there was no unionist rival left to 'outbid' him.

"He had been outside 'Big House' unionism, but in the end, he owned the mansion."

It has been claimed that after the DUP finally replaced the Ulster Unionists as Northern Ireland's biggest party, the British government put pressure on Mr Paisley to strike a deal with republicans.

It has also been speculated that his own senior party colleagues wanted to secure power to maximise their political influence after decades in opposition.

But the DUP points out that its decision to enter government with Sinn Fein came after republicans had decommissioned weapons and announced their support for reformed policing structures.

Seamus Mallon, a formidable figure in the nationalist SDLP for decades and a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, said Ian Paisley's legacy was sharply divided.

He said it was unclear what led Mr Paisley belatedly to embrace power-sharing.

But he wondered if the bout of serious illness, that brought the unionist leader close to death in 2004, caused a shift in direction.

"His mood and his conversation and the thrust of it had changed," said Mr Mallon.

"What made him change his mind, he will take to the grave.

"For many, the face of Paisley is the ugly face of threats and incitement and bigotry.

"For others - maybe a different generation - it will be that of an elderly man coming to terms with his mortality."

Martin Mansergh, a key adviser to Irish governments that oversaw vital phases of the peace process, monitored Mr Paisley's political journey over a lengthy period.

"He did say to various people over the years that, effectively, he would only be interested in negotiating when he was in charge," said Mr Mansergh.

"I think that has a lot to do with it."

He added: "Maybe his illness had some additional input, but I would lean to the first explanation.

"He used opposition over decades. Then, when he gained control (he did a deal)."

The former adviser said he believed history would offer a mixed judgment on Mr Paisley's role.

"His early and mid career would be seen as very destructive, but he would be seen as somebody who eventually redeemed himself and made peace.

"The important thing is that it made the peace a politically comprehensive one."


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