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Ian Paisley dies at 88; Northern Ireland firebrand turned peacemaker
Ian Paisley dies at 88; Northern Ireland firebrand turned peacemaker

Ian Paisley, the thundering Protestant preacher who helped fan the sectarianism of Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” but went on to lead a power-sharing government that included some of his most bitter Catholic enemies, died Friday in Belfast. He was 88. His wife, Eileen Paisley, announced his death in a statement. He had been in declining health. Paisley was one of Northern Ireland’s most prominent figures of the last 50 years and one of its most polarizing, a big-jawed, stentorian-voiced leader who vowed “no surrender” in the fight to maintain British rule in the province. He denounced peace-minded reformers as traitors, railed against the pope as...

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