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John Hume -
His achievement and its limitations

This article was originally written in September 2020 for a new political journal which seems not to have materialised. A fuller version of much the same argument, but without any particular emphasis on the role of John Hume, can be found in the article Northern Ireland - what was the war all about? elsewhere on this website. The present article can be downloaded as a PDF here

Two real achievements
A disruptive system of government
A stable system of government?
Two sovereign governments?
Charles Haughey and the dangers for the Southern government
The 'peace process'