In a time of so many secrets, Hume took flak for them all

John Hume was mercilessly attacked by commentators in the Republic when his secret talks with Gerry Adams became public - but in the background, confidential contacts were taking place between the British and Irish governments and the Republican movement as well

9th August, 2020
In a time of so many secrets, Hume took flak for them all

Peace is made in secret. It cannot be otherwise: peacemaking efforts have to be shielded from attack until enough progress has been made to justify talking to a hated enemy. But secrecy has a price.

In April 1993, that price was exacted from John Hume after he was seen in the company of Gerry Adams, the Sinn Féin president, as they emerged from a house in Derry. They had been meeting clandestinely for more than...

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