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David Trimble’s warmth to former foes said much about his real character

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Former Ulster Unionist leader oscillated between gauche inability to relate to others and emotionally intelligent generosity

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Then-Ulster Unionist party leader David Trimble is ushered to his car by security forces members as a crowd of loyalists surge forward, shouting, kicking and screaming in 2001 (Pacemaker)

Then-Ulster Unionist party leader David Trimble is ushered to his car by security forces members as a crowd of loyalists surge forward, shouting, kicking and screaming in 2001 (Pacemaker)

David Trimble

David Trimble

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Then-Ulster Unionist party leader David Trimble is ushered to his car by security forces members as a crowd of loyalists surge forward, shouting, kicking and screaming in 2001 (Pacemaker)

When it was known that Martin McGuinness had just days to live, he received a letter from David Trimble which said much about the former Ulster Unionist leader’s character.

Lord Trimble wrote to the former IRA commander – who as a Sinn Fein negotiator had become one of his key interlocutors in the years of post-Good Friday Agreement talks – in the warm terms normally reserved for a party colleague or friend.


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