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Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies with dementia

Monday 03 August 2020

The Nobel Peace Prize winner and prominent Northern Ireland politician John Hume has died, aged 83, with dementia. He was a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in 1970 and led the party from 1979 until 2001. He also served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for more than 25 years. One of the highest-profile politicians in Northern Ireland for more than 30 years, he took considerable risks for peace in the late 1980s, by holding talks with the then leader of Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams. The Hume-Adams talks helped to lay the foundations for the 1994 IRA ceasefire and later negotiations which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement. Mr Hume played a major role in bringing about the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, effectively putting an end to the “Troubles”. Following the 1998 peace deal, Mr Hume was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, David Trimble.