We have lost a real Ir­ish hero with the death of John Hume

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

We have lost a real Ir­ish hero with the pass­ing of John Hume.

He never killed any­one for his cause. He never en­cour­aged oth­ers to do like­wise. He never en­dorsed vi­o­lence as the road to peace. He was stead­fast in his be­lief that the road to peace was only through di­a­logue, break­ing down bar­ri­ers and build­ing bridges. His strength was his words. That old adage of the word be­ing might­ier than the sword surely is apt. Through­out the most toxic pe­riod of Ir­ish his­tory, he stood up for peace. He never wa­vered, although at times he looked spent, he al­ways ral­lied for an­other speech or round of ne­go­ti­a­tions. If we had hon­ours in Ire­land such as a knight­hood then surely John Hume would be the ul­ti­mate knight, one to com­mand re­spect at the most ex­alted and hon­ourable of round ta­bles.

Jim Yates

The first Nasa wa­ter land­ing since 1975 in the SpaceX cap­sule has been re­ported in many news­pa­pers. It brings back mem­o­ries of the US gov­ern­ment’s Apollo pro­gramme, moon land­ings and JFK, the US pres­i­dent who in­spired it all. Move for­ward to the present and you have a pri­vately sup­ported space pro­gramme, moon land­ing con­spir­a­cies, and a pres­i­dent that does not in­spire and does not re­ally lis­ten to sci­en­tists.

Who should we send on a one-way trip to Mars? I can sug­gest one ob­vi­ous can­di­date.

Den­nis Fitzger­ald

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