Calls for BBC to screen John Hume documentary after outpouring of support
A call has been made for the documentary John Hume in America: In the Name of Peace after an outpouring of support following its broadcast on RTE.
The Maurice Fitzpatrick production tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner and former SDLP leader and his endeavours in the United States to secure support for the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Its broadcast sparked a huge reaction online, with viewers rushing to speak about how moving the programme and praise the politician's role in bringing peace to the island of Ireland.
SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly has called on the BBC to screen the programme which "which shows in great detail John’s pursuit to take the case for peace and power-sharing to Capitol Hill and the White House, is a powerful and timely reminder of his unprecedented achievements".
“Given many people do not have access to RTÉ in the North, it is vitally important the documentary be shown on BBC to ensure all segments of society have the opportunity to view it," he said.
"Our former leader's renowned phrase 'when people are divided, the only solution is agreement' is a messaged echoed throughout the documentary, and one which is much needed for our bleak political context today.
"Likewise, it is imperative we debunk the tide of revisionism attempting to rewrite history here in the North, which this documentary so rightfully does."
On Twitter, users spoke about how impressed they were at the peace process architect and many described him as a "hero".
Watching the Film of John Hume with tears in my eyes, joy in my heart & hope on my mind! He did so much, against the odds- and he succeeded in his mission...our children can laugh, smile & live together in peace! Thank you John!— Daniel McCrossan MLA 🕊 (@McCrossanMLA) August 7, 2018
He did the heavy lifting! We must finish the job! pic.twitter.com/CemprCOh8u
#HumeInAmerica brilliant tonight - highlighting John Hume's leadership and sheer perseverance over many decades. A generation of young people on the island of Ireland have now grown up in peace. This documentary should be shown in every school in Ireland.— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) August 7, 2018
Watching #HumeInAmerica makes me proud but it also makes my heart ache. It aches for John who worked so hard, for so long, against so many odds, to deliver peace and power-sharing. Was he not so sadly unwell, I expect he would be bitterly disappointed in where we are now.— Clíona McCarney (@clionamccarney) August 7, 2018
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