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The night John Hume and I ended up sharing a bed - all in the pursuit of peace

Tim Pat Coogan


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John Hume tries to reason with riot police in April 1969. Photo: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

John Hume tries to reason with riot police in April 1969. Photo: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

John Hume tries to reason with riot police in April 1969. Photo: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

Reminiscing about John Hume, it occurs that looking at his career brings to mind an iceberg, both for stature and for the fact that so much of it lies unseen.

A very large portion of his career was sustained and directed by the administrative and political talents of his wife Pat.

Obviously there are innumerable stories one might tell about a figure like John; but I remember one occasion in particular, when I was engaged in what proved to be a futile exercise, but at the same time illustrated John's willingness to try anything that might yield a peace dividend.