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A mighty oak has crashed to the forest floor in Northern Ireland with the ending of the truly astounding political career of Ian Paisley, greatest of the demagogues, colossus of the troubles.

End of an era as Paisley steps down

The Rev Ian Paisley has signalled the end of an era by announcing he will step down as leader of Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration and the Democratic Unionist Party.

The Truth Commissioner, By David Park

On 28 January 2008, one week before the publication of The Truth Commissioner, Ian Paisley, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, announced the appointment of four Victims Commissioners. They included Patricia McBride, whose brother was an IRA man shot dead by the SAS, and Bertha McDougall, whose RUC reservist husband had been shot dead by the INLA. Responding to suggestions that four commissioners were appointed because he could not agree on a single appointment with Ian Paisley, Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First Minister, replied that "Nothing could be further from the truth".

The unthinkable looms in Northern Ireland: politics without Paisley

Ian Paisley, the raucous agitator who, in his old age, surprised the world by becoming Sinn Fein's genial governmental partner, has been around for so long that Northern Ireland is scarcely imaginable without him.

The real prize for Paisley: humiliation

If the IRA offered a digital snap of decommissioning, he would insist on a DVD

Ulster parties must reach deal, says Blair

Tony Blair yesterday warned Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley that he will implement "Plan B" if they refuse to reach a deal over next week's summit at Leeds castle in Kent to revive the power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland.

Trimble avoids leadership defeat

David Trimble yesterday bought himself more time as he won 60 per cent of the vote in a contest against two almost totally unknown opponents.

Police stop suspected IRA abduction

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