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Alban Maginness

Why, ultimately, Hume sacrificed his life so others could live theirs to the fullest of their potential

Alban Maginness


The former SDLP leader was just as significant an historical figure as Daniel O'Connell, says Alban Maginness

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John Hume dedicated his life to achieving peace in Northern Ireland

John Hume dedicated his life to achieving peace in Northern Ireland

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John Hume dedicated his life to achieving peace in Northern Ireland

At noon today, John Hume will be gently laid to rest in Derry, the town he loved so well. As he is buried, we should not let the great good that he has done to be interred with his bones.

Let no one dare attempt to airbrush his formative influence in shaping and making today's peace. Without his political genius, there would be no peace, no partnership and no reconciliation possible. It is the solemn duty of all democrats, but especially those in the SDLP, the party which he created, to secure his inspirational message for the future and achieve his ultimate aim of the reconciliation of our divided people.

Working with John Hume was an extraordinary experience, which I have always treasured. For many years, I saw at close quarters the dedication that marked his political life.