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Monday, 15 September 2014

Death of Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley's death at the age of 88 has for many observers brought to a close a chapter of the North's deeply troubled society.

It would be no exaggeration to claim that Paisley was the alpha and the omega of the North's violent political conflict. He was central to the street disturbances in the 1960s which wound up the clock. However, one of the main criticisms levelled at him throughout his political journey was that he was never actually there when the clock eventually struck.

He incurred much international opprobrium after protesting against the pope in Strasbourg shortly after his election to the European Parliament.

In 2007 Ian Paisley after a long turbulent career became First Minister of the North with Martin McGuinness serving as his deputy. 

Dr Ian Paisley in the Supper Room of the Mansion House, Dublin during his prayer meeting. 24th September, 1978

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