Hume deserves place in history

As published in Irish Independent Tuesday 7th. August 2018

■ I am delighted to see that RTÉ One (tonight, 9.35pm) will show a documentary on John Hume. In my opinion John, without anything in either hand, did more to bring about peace in Northern Ireland than many of the much lauded others with one thing in one hand and another thing in the other.
It has been a disgrace how John Hume has almost been airbrushed out of the history of providing peace to all inhabitants in Northern Ireland, while others not fit to stand alongside him are being placed on pedestals. Congratulations to this real gentleman and peacemaker.

Tony Fagan

GSRMA Wexford Branch

4 Responses to Hume deserves place in history

  1. John Brennan August 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    I agree wholeheartedly with Tony Fagans. John Hume Seamus Mallow Austin Currie and others who followed the peaceful protest and negotiation route are being sidelined by supporters of the terrorists. Mallon rightly called the Good Friday Agreement Sunningdale for slow learners. While Sunningdale was wrecked by the Loyalists they were ably assisted by the vicious campaign of terror of the Provisional ira. The failure of Sunningdale led to the deaths of over 2000 between 1974 and 1994.
    The decision to downgrade history as a subject means young people wallet their knowledge of the Troubles from one sided versions

  2. Eugene August 8, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

    History will be kind to John Hume and also Seamus Mallon. Austin Currie, Paddy Devlin and Gerry Fitt will be a bit behind Hume and Mallon. Another man who was to the forefront at an earlier stage was Eddie McAteer, he too represented the Nationalists well.
    John Hume almost sacrificed himself and the SDLP to make peace. Yes , the Provos will claim ALL the credit but history will prove that Hume and Mallon were head and shoulders above them all. He would have been an Ideal President of Ireland if things had worked out.

  3. timothy August 10, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

    John Hume and his other colleagues began the civil rights movement in the north of irl highlighting the injustices on the catholic population there and was making progress on the issue until sf/ira hijacked it leading to many years of violence. We owe him a great debt.

  4. John Brennan August 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    It was typical of Sinn Feins approach that they opposed giving Seamus Mallon the Freedom of Drogheda honour recently

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