John Hume (1937- )
Social reformer and peacemaker in Northern Ireland
“I want to see Ireland – North and South – the wounds of violence healed, play its rightful role in a Europe that will, for all Irish people, be a shared bond of patriotism and new endeavour.
I want to see Ireland as an example to men and women everywhere of what can be achieved by living for ideals, rather than fighting for them, and by viewing each and every person as worthy of respect and honour.
I want to see an Ireland of partnership where we wage war on want and poverty, where we reach out to the marginalised and dispossessed, where we build together a future that can be as great as our dreams allow.”
From the address accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo, December 10, 1998.
For more information see ‘John Hume: a biography,’ by Paul Routledge, Harper-Collins, London, 1997.