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Who was the real John Hume? Three Belfast Telegraph writers consider the late SDLP leader's legacy


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Pivotal figure: John Hume

Pivotal figure: John Hume

Final farewell: John Hume’s funeral on Wednesday

Final farewell: John Hume’s funeral on Wednesday

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Holding court: Tom Kelly and John Hume

Holding court: Tom Kelly and John Hume

Happy couple: John Hume and wife Pat in 1979

Happy couple: John Hume and wife Pat in 1979

Pivotal figure: John Hume

Political colossus, tetchy colleague, or a nationalist who simply didn't 'get' unionists... three Telegraph writers consider the late SDLP leader's legacy.

Richard O’Rawe

At 3.45pm on December 8, 1973, Catholic greengrocer James Gibson was shot dead outside his shop on the Stranmillis Road in Belfast by two UDA/UFF gunmen. The renowned poet Michael Longley wrote a poem about Mr Gibson: