Monday September 21, 2020

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

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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