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Hume - the pivotal peacemaker in Northern Ireland

BBC News Monday, 3 August 2020
As SDLP leader, John Hume played a major role in bringing about Northern Ireland's peace process.
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Northern Ireland's political leaders gather for the funeral of former SDLPleader John Hume in his native city. The Derry politician, feted around theworld as a peacemaker, died on July 3 aged 83 after a long battle withdementia. Among those attending the requiem mass at St Eugene’s Cathedral...

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