John Hume was a man of peace and a ‘real’ Ir­ish hero

Irish Independent - - Comment -

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 in any form 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 to put next to the name of John Hume.

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, ready 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.

And may this man of peace rest in peace. Jim Yates

Dublin 24

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