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22 - John Hume & David Trimble


John Hume

(1937 - )

& David Trimble

(1944 - )


The "troubles" in Northern Ireland began in 1968 after suppression of the civil rights movement.

Unionists, mainly Protestants, look towards the United Kingdom. Nationalists, mainly Catholic, look towards a united Ireland. Violent groups from each community caused thousands of deaths.

There were many grassroots initiatives for peace, such as that of Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan (Nobel Peace Prize Winners, 1976).

Political progress was eventually made through the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that included the British and Irish Prime Ministers as well as Northern Ireland politicians. John Hume (Social Democratic and Labour Party) and David Trimble (Ulster Unionist) were key representatives of opposing communities.

"There are two traditions in Northern Ireland. There are two main religious denominations. But there is only one true moral denomination. And it wants peace. "

David Trimble

"Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace - respect for diversity."

John Hume

Question: What are the obstacles preventing a secure peace in Northern Ireland?
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