From the archive: ‘Hume knew that personal and political humiliation was worth risking if the great prize could be achieved’

From the archive: ‘Hume knew that personal and political humiliation was worth risking if the great prize could be achieved’
David Trimble and John Hume receive the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1998 Pic: Micheline Pelletier/Sygma

Almost 20 years ago, Frank Connolly wrote about the Nobel committee’s decision to recognise John Hume and David Trimble for their work on the peace process in the North

On a Friday morning in mid-October 1995, John Hume sat in the bar of Jury’s hotel in Ballsbridge, a glass of wine in hand. He was talking anxiously to Belfast curate Fr Alec Reid, the Clonard priest who played a key role from the late 1980s in helping Sinn Féin towards a negotiated settlement of the conflict in the North.

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