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Across 50 years, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has moved from dissent on the margins of politics to the heart of Northern Ireland’s government.

Co-founded in September 1971 by the Reverend Ian Paisley, the party stood in opposition to republican violence and any involvement of the Irish government in Northern Ireland’s affairs.

Down the years, the DUP helped topple other unionist leaders, accusing them of selling out by establishing power-sharing assemblies with nationalists and republicans or seeking further co-operation with the Republic of Ireland.

However, this changed in 2007 when Mr Paisley agreed to enter government with Sinn Féin and

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