John Hume: the architect and builder of the Good Friday Agreement

The death of the peacemaker has drawn tributes not just from his friends but also from one-time political opponents, showing the esteem in which he was held

4th August, 2020
John Hume: the architect and builder of the Good Friday Agreement
John Hume, the former SDLP leader, and his wife Pat, photographed in 1979 after he won a seat in the European Parliament. Hume’s death was announced on Sunday. Picture: Martin Wright

I only got to meet John Hume once, in Derry, when he was retired from active politics.

He was standing with Bertie Ahern on the steps of the neo-gothic Guildhall building, which was once bombed by the IRA and later used as the venue for Lord Saville’s inquiry into Bloody Sunday. At the time, Ahern was visiting Derry at the start of his final term as taoiseach in 2007, shortly after the Northern Assembly had...

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