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Critics poured vitriol week after week, but John won in the end

Michael Lillis


Hume's detractors offered no solutions yet he achieved peace at great personal cost, writes Michael Lillis

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Tributes: Portrait of John Hume made from photos of candles lit in his honour

Tributes: Portrait of John Hume made from photos of candles lit in his honour

Tributes: Portrait of John Hume made from photos of candles lit in his honour

John Hume, the late Ronan Fanning - Sunday Independent columnist and distinguished historian - and I met at the funeral in Cahersiveen in August 1993 of the great journalist, our friend Liam Hourican.

John gave us a detailed account of the progress of his negotiations with Gerry Adams and shared with us various texts, some of them metaphysical in their complexity, on the doctrine of 'self-determination'.


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