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Obituary: John Hume was a man of energy and passion but above all he was a peacemaker of world status

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John Hume and his wife Pat at the Foyle Arts Centre in Londonderry after hearing that he and David Trimble were to share the Nobel Peace Prize

John Hume and his wife Pat at the Foyle Arts Centre in Londonderry after hearing that he and David Trimble were to share the Nobel Peace Prize

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John Hume with his good friend, Senator Ted Kennedy, in the Bogside

John Hume with his good friend, Senator Ted Kennedy, in the Bogside

John Hume with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

John Hume with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

John Hume talking with the Dalai Lama

John Hume talking with the Dalai Lama

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John Hume meeting Nelson Mandela

John Hume meeting Nelson Mandela

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John Hume and his wife Pat at the Foyle Arts Centre in Londonderry after hearing that he and David Trimble were to share the Nobel Peace Prize

John Hume, the former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who has died aged 83 after a short illness, earned a place in history as the father of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Mr Hume's family announced his passing, saying: "It seems particularly apt for these strange and fearful days to remember the phrase that gave hope to John and so many of us through dark times: we shall overcome."

John Hume spent his entire political career working to try to remove Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom and turn it into a united Ireland.