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Ian Paisley in Pictures: From Neverman to Chuckle Brother

A life on the frontline of Northern Ireland divisions.

FROM FIREBRAND PREACHER and protestor to reluctant peace and a grip on power, the life of Ian Paisley Snr has been reflected in the narrative of Northern Ireland since the 1960s.

In March 1966, as Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland.

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At a press conference in Belfast on 22 August 1969, a few months after British soldiers were deployed on the streets of the city.

Source: Bob Dear/AP/Press Association Images

In familiar pose, as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, addressing Apprentice Boys at a Derry rally on 12 August 1972.

Source: Ducklau/AP/PA Images

With then Unionist candidate for Ulster’s South Down constituency, Enoch Powell. Paisley was running as DUP candidate for North Antrim.

Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leading a march in Oxford against the visit of Pope John Paul II to Britain in March 1982.

Source: Dave Caulkin/AP/Press Association Images

Paisley and fellow Unionist leader James Molyneaux at Belfast City Hall on 23 November 1985, addressing 70,000 loyalists angered by the Anglo-Irish deal of the day.

Politics - Northern Ireland - Anglo-Irish Deal - Belfast Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Interrupting Pope John Paul II in the European Parliament at Strasbourg on 11 October 1988.

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Speaking with Molyneaux, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, outside 10 Downing Street on 15 May 1991, after talks with then British PM John Major and Peter Brooke ended without agreement.

Source: Gill Allen/AP/Press Association Images

With then Labour leader Tony Blair, Prime Minister John Major, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Remembrance Day, London, November 1994.

Source: Martin Keene/AP/PA Images

Calling to Unionists for an all-out campaign of resistance to the Northern Ireland peace talks in September 1997.

Source: Brian Little/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams watching Paisley speak at the first meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly in Stormont, July 1998.

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At the burnt-out home of the Quinn family at Ballymoney, in which three young brothers were killed by a petrol bomb thrown by the UVF in July 1998.

Source: Brian Little/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Starting his Euro election campaign at Bushmills Primary School, Antrim

Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Getting a kiss from his wife Eileen after the DUP making large gains in the 2001 Westminster elections, at the expense of David Trimble’s UUP.

Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leaving the Bloody Sunday Inquiry at the Guildhall in Derry where he attacked the inquiry’s efforts to question him, claiming it was “political discrimination against me”.

Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Holding up a Belfast paper after meeting with General John De Chastelain, head of the International Decommissioning body, in December 2004.

Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Following an IRA declaration that it was ending its armed campaign, Paisley tells British Prime Minister Tony Blair in August 2005 saying the news would need “a prolonged period of assessment”.

Source: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Being interviewed in the run-up to the 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley hold their first-ever face-to-face talks in a last-ditch bid to save devolution in Northern Ireland on 26 March 2007.

Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shaking hands with then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern for the first time at talks at Farmleigh in Dublin in April 2007.

Source: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ian Paisley Snr  is sworn in on 8 May 2007 as First Minister and Martin McGuinness, far left, as Deputy First Minister after a deal is struck between the DUP and Sinn Féin.

Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

With President Michael D Higgins during a reception in November of last year at Belfast City Hall.

Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/PA Images

In March 2008, as Ian Paisley Snr announces he will step down in May of that year as First Minister and as leader of the DUP.

Source: Peter Morrison/AP/Press Association Images

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