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Civil rights leader worked hard to change view in the US of Irish conflict

John Downing


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Man of influence: John Hume and his wife, Pat, greet former US president Bill Clinton at the Beech Hill Hotel, Derry, in 2010. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Faith/Pool/File Photo

Man of influence: John Hume and his wife, Pat, greet former US president Bill Clinton at the Beech Hill Hotel, Derry, in 2010. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Faith/Pool/File Photo

Man of influence: John Hume and his wife, Pat, greet former US president Bill Clinton at the Beech Hill Hotel, Derry, in 2010. Photo: REUTERS/Paul Faith/Pool/File Photo

Appropriately enough, it all began with a credit union loan. It was 1972 and the North was enduring terrible mayhem, including the killing of 14 innocent people by British soldiers in Derry.

John Hume, a charismatic civil rights leader from Derry, had big ideas about a way out of this murderous mess the country was in. But he had no money.


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