In Pictures: Ian Paisley

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Ian Paisley leaving Stormont in 1969 after handing in a petition. He opposed powersharing with republicans for most of his career before reaching an accommodation with Sinn Féin.

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Ian Paisley addressing an Orange Order demonstration in Belfast in 1970. In the same year he was elected to the Northern Ireland Parliament for Bannside for the first time. He entered Westminster in 1973 as MP for North Antrim.

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The end of the Ulster Workers' Council strike in 1974.

Ian Paisley speaking in Ballymena, County Antrim, as part of his 'Carson Trail' campaign, in 1981.

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Ian Paisley was an opponent of the Good Friday Agreement. Here he is pictured leaving a polling station on the referendum for the 1998 deal.

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Ian Paisley in 2004 after meeting with the body overseeing paramilitary disarmament.

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Ian Paisley with former US president Bill Clinton at a meeting in Belfast in 1995.

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Shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Northern Ireland in 2007.

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In 2007 he became first minister, with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness as his deputy. He stepped down from the role in 2008.

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Face to face with a bronze bust of himself.