Saturday 3 December 2016

John Hume, the best president we never had

Published 24/10/2011 | 05:00

John Hume 'worked
tirelessly for an end
to violence from all
sides. . . for three decades'
John Hume 'worked tirelessly for an end to violence from all sides. . . for three decades'

•Sinn Fein presidential candidate Martin McGuinness put his life on the line during the 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland. He did -- along with endangering hundreds of innocent lives in Northern Ireland and England, whereby the organisation that he says he was proud to be a member of, the IRA, planted bombs in hotels, pubs and cars parked near or in busy streets in Belfast, Northern Irish towns and cities in the UK.

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The loyalists and British Army troops killed innocents, too, like the army paratroopers did on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972 and in Ballymurphy in Belfast shortly before.

This was followed some time later by Black Friday, when 10 Protestant workers were lined up outside their mini-bus and coldly executed by the IRA -- because they happened to be working in the wrong place.

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